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Longtime coach Mike Dunbar dies at 64

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Mike Dunbar, who served as head coach at both Central Washington and Northern Iowa and as an offensive coordinator at several schools, died of cancer on Friday in Dupont, Wash. He was 64.

Dunbar’s last stop in his 36-year coaching career was as the offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois. He was hired by then-NIU-head-coach Dave Doeren in February of 2012, but he stepped down after the season opener to focus on his health.

He was 83-24-1 overall as a head coach at Central Washington from 1987-1991 and at Northern Iowa from 1997-2000. He had high profile stints at Northwestern and Cal as offensive coordinator and also filled the same role at Toledo, Minnesota and New Mexico State.

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4 Responses to “Longtime coach Mike Dunbar dies at 64”
  1. irishdodger says: Sep 15, 2013 11:24 PM


  2. jimbo75025 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:59 PM

    RIP coach. 64 is way too young to go.

  3. thegamecocker says: Sep 16, 2013 8:55 AM

    Terrible news….my thoughts and prayers are with his Family. Someday, there will be a cure for this dreaded disease.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:46 AM

    Thoughts and prayers to the family… May GOD Bless them during their time of loss..

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