A familiar face to the Ark-La-Tex will return as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at NDHS. Dunn, will begin the job immediately as he meets with coaches and players this week.
Dunn, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s from Centenary College, has over 30 years of experience as an athletic director and head football coach.
“I am honored to be the new head coach at North Desoto”, said Dunn. “For me this an opportunity to come home. I have felt that one day I might get a chance to coach again where it all started for me. To be able to come back at this stage in my career is truly humbling. I have the utmost respect for Coach Ab and the job he did here for many years. We will try to add to the legacy of what has already been established. I have many friends in this community and I look forward to connecting with old friends and establishing new relationships in the place I love and call home.”
Dunn’s overall record as a high school coach is 206-53 and went 65-45 during his time at Louisiana College. He started his career at Southwood High School in 1984 and went on to coach at Woodlawn before bringing Evangel to national prominence as head coach from 1992-2005. During his time at Evangel, he led the program to a 162-21 overall record, a national championship, and 9 state championships in 13 seasons. Under Dunn’s direction the Eagles finished in the USA Today Top 25 on five different occasions.
We feel fortunate and excited to have a coach the caliber of Dennis Dunn be a part of the Griffin Family,” said DeSoto Superintendent Clay Corley. “He’s a proven winner and comes thoroughly vetted and highly recommended by everyone he’s ever worked for. We had lots of interest in the position, and he emerged over the selection process as the best fit to lead the Griffin athletic and football programs into the future.”
From 2005-2017, Dunn led Louisiana College to a 65-45 record. In 2008, he led the Wildcats to their first winning season since 1961. His 2010 team finished 7-1 in the American Southwest Conference, for the best conference finish in school history, and their first ever national ranking in 2011. He led the Wildcats to another national ranking in 2012, and the first playoff appearance in school history, while being named Conference Coach of the Year.
“I appreciate the administration for giving me the opportunity, and look forward to competing in this competitive district, as well as facing some of Louisiana’s best coaches and players in class 4A, said Dunn.”
Dunn comes to North DeSoto from 5A Pineville High School, where he returned the Rebels to the playoffs this season for the first time this decade. “I am leaving a great group of young men. The program is on the rise, and I know the best is yet to come for Pineville. My wife and I love the Pineville community and we will continue our ministry there as preaching pastors at our church, River Outreach, on Sundays.”