Marist College Director of Athletics Tim Murray announced the hiring of John Dunne as head men’s basketball coach on Tuesday.
Dunne is the 12th head coach in program history. He will be introduced at a press conference on Thursday at 11 a.m. at McCann Arena.
“We’re extremely excited to welcome John and his family to the Hudson River Valley,” Murray said. “With over a decade of experience as a head coach, he has a proven ability to build teams and develop student-athletes. His teams are always tough, hard-working and competitive in the MAAC, and we look forward to Coach Dunne instilling that culture in our basketball program.”
Dunne arrives in Poughkeepsie with a sterling reputation regionally and nationally. For the past 12 years, he has served as head coach at Saint Peter’s University. He guided the Peacocks to the 2011 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship, and 2017 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) championship.
From 2012-13, Dunne served as chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee. He also served a three-year term (2013-16) on the NCAA Division I Regional Advisory Committee, and has been a member of the MAAC Men’s Basketball Committee for the past seven seasons. In 2011, he was named a national finalist for the Skip Prosser Award, which honors those who achieve success on the court while displaying moral integrity off of it.
“This is a great opportunity for myself and my family,” Dunne said. “We’re excited to join the Marist and Hudson River Valley communities. Having been in the MAAC for the past 12 years, I’ve been impressed by the tremendous support this program has received. We’re excited for what this job has the potential to become.”
In his tenure at Saint Peter’s, Dunne coached 10 1,000 point scorers, 13 All-MAAC selections, three MAAC All-Rookie Team selections, four MAAC All-Tournament selections (including a MAAC Tournament MVP), and a MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. His teams went 3-3 against Rutgers, and also recorded victories against Alabama and Seton Hall.
Dunne began his head coaching career at Saint Peter’s in the 2006-07 season. The Peacocks increased their win total in each of his first five seasons, which culminated with the program’s first 20-win season in 20 years and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2010-11. In the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, Saint Peter’s finished second nationally in field-goal percentage defense. The Peacocks ranked 18th nationally in defensive efficiency in the 2016-17 season.
“Twelve years ago, Saint Peter’s took a chance on me as a first-time head coach,” Dunne said. “The University afforded me the opportunity to learn and grow as its head men’s basketball coach, and I would like to thank the Saint Peter’s University staff and student-athletes for proving to me how rewarding coaching can be.”
Prior to his arrival at Saint Peter’s, Dunne served as an assistant coach at Seton Hall University from 2001-06 under head coach Louis Orr. In this time, the Pirates reached the NCAA Tournament twice and Postseason NIT once. He worked at Siena College from 1999-2001 under Orr (2000-01) and Paul Hewitt (1999-2000) as the Saints compiled an overall record of 44-20 in this time with two MAAC regular-season MAAC championships and a trip to the second round of the Postseason NIT in 2000. His first stop in the MAAC came at Manhattan College under head coach John Leonard in the 1998-99 season.
From 1996-98, Dunne served as an assistant coach at Adelphi University. Working on the staff under the direction of current Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford, Adelphi posted a 43-17 record in Dunne’s two seasons on staff. He had two stints as an assistant coach at Wilkes University from 1992-94, and the 1995-96 season. The 1995-96 season saw Wilkes advance to the Division III Elite Eight with a 28-2 record. Between these stints, Dunne secured his first Division I assistant coach job at Western Michigan University during the 1994-95 season.
A native of Queens, Dunne played scholastically at Archbishop Molloy under legendary head coach Jack Curran. He went on to play at Ithaca College, where he was a four-year letterwinner who ranked as the program’s all-time leader in steals and third in assists at the time of his graduation. Dunne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ithaca in 1992, and a Master’s degree in Sports Management from East Stroudsburg University in 1996.
Dunne and his wife, Dr. Marlene Dunne, are the parents of two children: Chloe (13) and Brady (8).
Per Marist College policy, terms of the contract will not be disclosed.