Steve Dunlap is in his second year as the assistant director of annual giving for the Mountaineer Athletic Club and 28th year overall at West Virginia University.
His main emphasis centers around the Mountaineer football program, working as the primary contact between the football office and Mountaineer Athletic Club in all of their cooperative activities.
He identifies, initiates and cultivates donors to secure support for scholarships, capital gifts and other programs. He oversees and enhances the young alumni program, works in conjunction with the Varsity Club and serves as a liaison with the Mountaineer Maniacs.
Dunlap served two stints on the WVU football coaching staff from 1978-2000 and then from 2008-2012, including defensive coordinator from 1991-2000. While on staff, he helped lead WVU to 20 winning seasons, 19 bowl games, three conference championship and an appearance in two national championship games. He coached more than 30 all-conference performers and had a hand in helping guide several players to All-American and professional careers.
In 1996, he was named a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, signifying the top assistant coach in the nation. That squad led the nation in total defense, No. 2 in rushing defense and turnover margin, No. 4 in scoring defense and No. 5 in pass efficiency defense. His 1994 defense set a then-school record for fewest points allowed in a 13-game season.
In 2011, he was part of the defensive staff that finished No. 11 in pass efficiency defense, No. 31 in interceptions, No. 33 in total defense and No. 35 in pass defense. The 2010 defense was No. 3 in scoring and total defense and No. 11 in pass defense. The 2008 defense finished No. 11 nationally in scoring defense and No. 16 in pass efficiency defense.
Dunlap also worked on coaching staffs at Syracuse, NC State, Marshall and Navy. While defensive coordinator at NC State, three of his defensive players were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2006, including Mario Williams, the No. 1 overall pick.
Dunlap was a three-year letterwinner at West Virginia and set school records for total tackles in a game and in a season. He still ranks No. 10 on the school’s career tackle list.
Dunlap, a native of Hurricane, W.Va., and his wife, Wendy, have two children, Matthew and Megan.