John Dunn is in his fifth 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 four years. In 2014, Maryland landed a five-star recruit for the third consecutive season with 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 81 players signed since 2012, 42 have been from the region. In 2015, Dunn helped Maryland land the top-ranked defensive lineman in Maryland, Adam MCLean, and the top-ranked offensive lineman in Washington, D.C., Quarvez Boulware.
Dunn coached the youngest position group on the team in 2014, which featured three sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and a true freshman. Sophomore Andrew Isaacs began the season atop the depth chart before suffering a season-ending injury at Syracuse.
P.J. Gallo and Derrick Hayward, a converted linebacker, split time the remainder of the season. Gallo caught his first-career touchdown pass in Maryland’s win at Penn State, while Hayward made his first-career catch at Wisconsin.
In 2013, 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.
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
Hometown: Hendersonville, N.C.
Alma Mater: UNC, `05
2011-pr.: Assistant Coach - Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator
2008-10.: Offensive Graduate Assistant/Intern
2006-07: Offensive Graduate Assistant
2005: Offensive Quality Control
2004: Student Assistant
2001-2003: Quarterback, Tight End
2001 Peach Bowl Champions
• Primary: Maryland, Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, North Carolina (Charlotte), Southwest Florida and Southern New Jersey
• Secondary: Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and North Carolina
• Local: Anne Arundel County, Eastern Shore, Frederick County and Carroll County