UConn football has found Rhett Lashlee’s replacement as the school announced John Dunn as the Huskies’ new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
“Having John join our staff as offensive coordinator/quarterback coach will enhance our staff tremendously, as he has a wealth of knowledge in different schemes and has learned and coached under some of the best offensive minds in the game,” UConn Huskies head coach Randy Edsall said in a press release. “He has an outstanding offensive mind and understands how to attack people and take advantage of personnel match ups.”
Dunn will continue to run a no-huddle, up-tempo offense that UConn utilized last season. However, there’s no one scheme that the offense can be grouped into, something Edsall liked about his new coordinator.
“His philosophy of being a multiple, no huddle offense that ATTACKS using multiple tempos, personnel groupings and formations defines our vision offensively,” Edsall said.
For the past two seasons, Dunn has worked with the Chicago Bears, serving as offensive quality control coach in 2016 before being promoted to offensive assistant in 2017. He would assists the offensive coordinator while also helping to coach the wide receivers and quarterbacks, among other jobs.
Former Bears head coach John Fox had high praise for Dunn, saying “John is as good an offensive mind as I’ve been around. He has a great feel for the run game as well as pass game. He has the ability to relate to and motivate players and is an outstanding coach with a bright future!”
Dunn first worked under Edsall at Maryland from 2011-15 as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. There, he helped the Terrapins land two top-35 recruiting classes in his final three seasons. Dunn will likely recruit the DMV area for the Huskies once again.
“John is a proven recruiter and evaluator and has recruited in the areas where we will be recruiting heavily,” Edsall said.
Dunn spent two seasons as a walk-on quarterback at UNC before an injury forced him to begin coaching. He worked there as both a student assistant and graduate assistant until 2007. From there, he went to LSU where he worked as a graduate assistant before joining Edsall in College Park.
While the Huskies were never going to hire another coordinator with Lashlee’s credentials, this does feel like an underwhelming move. Dunn has never worked as a coordinator at any level and has just five years of experience as a full-time assistant in college football.
Dunn certainly has a solid resume, as he’s worked with every offensive position in some capacity over the years. However, UConn can’t afford to whiff on this hire and Dunn is certainly a gamble.
Meanwhile, the Hartford Courant reports that offensive quality control coach Jonathan Brewer will likely join Lashlee at SMU while grad assistant Kyle Cooper will become the tight ends coach at his alma mater Robert Morris.