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In his fourth season coordinating Northwestern's spread attack and his fifth at NU overall, Mike Dunbar has the Wildcat offense ranked among the nation's elite after averaging more than 400 yards per game in 2004.
A year ago, Northwestern ranked 29th nationally in total offense (409.5 ypg) while facing a formidable slew of defenses. In the Big Ten, the Wildcats ranked fourth in total offense (third in rushing offense and third in passing offense).
In January 2002, Dunbar assumed the offensive coordinator duties after Kevin Wilson's departure to Oklahoma one month earlier. He served as the tight ends and
H-backs coach, as well as the special teams coordinator, in 2001.
Dunbar came to Evanston from Northern Iowa, where he compiled a 29-15
record as head coach from 1997-2000. Overall, he owns an 83-24-1 career
record as a head coach, including a 54-9-1 mark in six seasons at NAIA
Central Washington. While at CWU, his teams earned two No. 1 national
rankings, made the playoffs six times, and in 1991, extended a
regular-season win streak to 40 games, finishing 9-0. The Wildcats were
ranked among the NAIA Top 20 each year during Dunbar's tenure. He was
named the Columbia Football Association Coach of the Year, as well as
Kodak's Region I Coach of the Year three different years.
In 1992, he was named offensive coordinator at Toledo and was promoted to
assistant head coach in 1994. Toledo went 36-18-2 during his five seasons,
and in 1995 the Rockets were 11-0-1 overall, won the Mid-American
Conference title and defeated Nevada in the Las Vegas Bowl. Toledo
finished that season ranked in every major national poll and set 21
offensive school records, including most points and most rushing
Dunbar earned a bachelor of science degree from Washington in 1972 and a
master of arts degree from Pacific Lutheran 1979. He and his wife, Linda,
have two children, Troy (26) and Lori (23). The Dunbars reside in