John Dunn has been named offensive coordinator for the UConn football team, as announced by head coach Randy Edsall on Friday afternoon.
Dunn, who will also coach the quarterbacks agreed to a two-year contract worth $300,000 per year.
"Having John join our staff as offensive coordinator/quarterback coach will enhance our staff tremendously, as he has a wealth of knowledge in different schemes and has learned and coached under some of the best offensive minds in the game. He has an outstanding offensive mind and understands how to attack people and take advantage of personnel match ups.
"His philosophy of being a multiple, no huddle offense that ATTACKS using multiple tempos, personnel groupings and formations defines our vision offensively. His NFL experience will allow us to grow our passing game and also aid in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. John is a proven recruiter and evaluator and has recruited in the areas where we will be recruiting heavily. I'm really excited about having John on board and look forward to what we will be accomplishing as we move forward."
"I'm so grateful to coach Edsall for the chance to join this team," said Dunn. "I'm thrilled for this opportunity and my family and I look forward to being a part of UConn football."
Dunn spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears under head coach John Fox, first as the offensive quality control coach during the 2016 season and then as an offensive assistant in 2017.
"John is as good an offensive mind as I've been around," said Fox. "He has a great feel for the run game as well as pass game. He has the ability to relate to and motivate players and is an outstanding coach with a bright future!"
During his time with the Bears, Dunn was responsible for all offensive playbook and self-scout information while also assisting the wide receivers and quarterbacks. He was responsible for the protection plan and ran the offensive line protection meetings during the week in addition to assisting the offensive coordinator in all his duties with the team.
Prior to his time with Chicago, Dunn spent five seasons as the tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator under Edsall at the University of Maryland. During his time in College Park, Dunn led the recruiting effort that inked a top-35 class in two of his last three seasons and signed the Washington, D.C. Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
He also assisted in all red zone game-planning and helped lead a Maryland offense that finished ninth nationally in red zone scoring percentage. Dunn served as the graduate assistant liaison and helped the Terps' offense eclipse the 5,000-yard plateau for only the fourth time in program history. That year Maryland passed for 3,231 yards, which marked the third-highest total in school history.
Before coming to Maryland, Dunn spent the previous three seasons as a graduate offensive assistant with LSU.
At LSU, Dunn helped coach the offensive line and quarterbacks and ran meetings with those position groups. Dunn also had primary responsibility for the assimilation of the playbook and all computer drawings, as well as all practice scripts and game plans.
In 2010, the Tigers went 11-2 and defeated Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, their fifth victory over a ranked opponent that season. In his three years at LSU, the Tigers had a 28-11 record and went 2-1 in bowl games.
Dunn also assisted with all on-campus recruiting for the Tigers, as they pulled in the No. 11 class in 2008, the No. 1 class in 2009 and the No. 8 class in 2010, according to ESPN.com's rankings.
Dunn walked on at North Carolina in 2001 and played there until 2003 when his career was cut short by a neck injury. He served as a student assistant while finishing his undergraduate studies. In his second season on the Tar Heel staff, Dunn became a quality control assistant and then worked as a graduate coaching assistant on the offensive side of the ball his final two years (2006-07) in Chapel Hill.
At Carolina, Dunn helped tutor wide receiver Hakeem Nicks who finished the 2007 season ranked in the top-35 nationally in receptions (6.2) and receiving yards per game (79.83) while earning All-ACC first team honors. Nicks was taken 29th overall by the New York Giants in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Dunn played quarterback and tight end for the Tar Heels, lettering in 2003. He is married to the former Lindsay Moffitt, and they have a son, Carter (5), and a daughter, Emerson (2).
What They're Saying About John Dunn
Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator, James Bettcher
"John is a highly intelligent, innovative, energetic, motivator! All of us coaches look around our profession and judge the character of the man, the measure of the coach on whether we would want our son to play for him. There is no doubt someday my son will play for Coach Dunn!!!"
Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator, Dowell Loggains
"John Dunn is a great addition to the UConn staff. He is extremely bright, a great teacher and players love playing for him. His creativity and ability to teach is unique. I hope that one day my son has the opportunity to be coached by a man like Coach Dunn."
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