WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America football team will have a new head coach for the 2016 season. Dave Dunn has announced that he will step down from the position, effective immediately. The 10-year leader of the program will move on to Division I Marshall University as an assistant coach.
Dunn, who took over the the program in January of 2006, guided a previous two-win team to a share of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship and postseason victory in just his third season. It was the program's first playoff victory since capturing the Orange Bowl in 1936.
"Dave's impact on our football program has been a strong one and is evident in the high caliber of the young men he has coached while at Catholic," said Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics Sean Sullivan. "Catholic football is on the rise and this largely due to the excellent leadership Coach Dunn has provided our roster with. We thank him for his fantastic mentorship of his student-athletes and know he will continue to make a significantly positive impact on the lives of those he works with and coaches."
Under the tutelage of Dunn, Catholic boasted two ODAC Players of the Year in 2008; defensive back Nick Olivero and quarterback Keith Ricca. Olivero also garnered ODAC Scholar-Athlete of Year Accolades, All-American status and the Harris Cup, Catholic's most prestigious award for male senior athletes. Ricca joined Olivero as an all-region selection.
In 2011, Dunn directed the Catholic offense to a No. 4 national ranking in passing, as the Cardinals averaged 328.2 yards per game through the air. The Cards won its most games since 2008 and produced eight all-conference selections, including first team honoree, quarterback Greg Cordivari.
Cordivari was named to the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) All-America Team and was also named the 2011 Melberger Award winner, which is symbolic of Division III's top football player. Cordivari established CUA single season records for completions (321) and attempts (505) last season, while also setting single game records for completions (46) and attempts (67). He threw for 3,282 yards and 25 touchdowns, while completing over 63% of his passes.
This past season, Dunn coached two All-American's in senior quarterback T.J. Tutone and senior left tackle Jack Durkin along with NCAA statistical leader in receptions (10.0 per game), junior Lucas Morley. The Catholic offense was once again among the nation's best in 2015, ranking as the 12th-best passing team in the country at 318.7 yards per game.
"Catholic University is truly a special place. It is the people that have made this an amazing opportunity and one that is tough to move on from," said Dunn. "The student-athletes I have had the good fortune to coach are truly remarkable people. I'm thankful for everything Catholic has done for me and my family."
Sullivan has announced that current defensive coordinator Bill Bachman will be elevated to interim head coach, effective immediately, and will lead the Cardinals during the fall 2016 season. A national search for the permanent head coach will be conducted this fall.