John Dunn is in his fourth season with Maryland serving as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
Under Dunn’s leadership, Maryland has signed a top-35 recruiting class in two of the past three years. In addition, for the third consecutive season, Maryland landed a five-star recruit in the 2014 class in local offensive lineman Damian Prince.
In 2012 and 2013, both of Dunn’s classes featured the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington, D.C., (Yannick Ngakoue in 2013 and Albert Reid in 2012) and a five-star recruit (Deon Long in 2013 and Stefon Diggs in 2012).
Dunn and head coach Randy Edsall have made it a priority to recruit the Maryland/Washington, D.C. area. Of the 63 players signed since 2012, 33 have been from the region. In 2014, Dunn’s stewardship helped land the top-two players in Maryland according to Rivals.com, Prince and Jesse Aniebonam, a year after landing four of the top seven players in D.C.
This past season, Dunn worked with Dave Stinebaugh, who hauled in 15 receptions for 204 yards and three touchdowns, tied for the second-highest total on the team. Dunn also guided true freshman Andrew Isaacs, who saw increased playing time as the season progressed.
In his first two seasons at Maryland, Dunn tutored Matt Furstenburg, who compiled 46 catches for 554 yards (12.0 avg.) and four touchdowns. Furstenburg signed with the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 offseason.
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 `07 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 one son, Carter.
The Dunn File
Date of Birth: Aug. 7, 1983
• Primary: Maryland, Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, North Carolina (Charlotte) and Southern New Jersey