UConn football is losing offensive coordinator John Dunn to the New York Jets, the school announced. The news was first reported by Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant. Dunn will join Adam Gase’s staff as a tight ends coach.
Dunn told Anthony that he wouldn’t leave for another college job, but couldn’t pass up a chance in the pros.
“I was not looking to leave for any other college,” Dunn said. “I have goals and aspirations that relate to the NFL and these jobs don’t come up much. This one did. I had to take it.”
Offensive line coach Frank Giufre will be promoted to offensive coordinator. He is in his second year with the team and helped design the run game last season.
The Huskies have dealt with plenty of turnover on the staff over the offseason, but this may be the most painful loss. Edsall fired defensive coordinator Billy Crocker, defensive backs coach Curome Cox, director of strength and conditioning Eric Klein and assistant strength and conditioning coach J.D. Mehlhorn. Then, running backs coach Terry Richardson left for Mississippi State.
But Edsall paid out of his own pocket to give Dunn a raise to keep him in Storrs and the head coach may have even viewed the former offensive coordinator as his own replacement in a few years.
It also continues the Huskies’ general turnover at offensive coordinator as they haven’t had the same one for two full seasons in a row since George DeLeone in 2011-12. Giufre will be Edsall’s third offensive coordinator in three years since his return to UConn.
New members of the Huskies’ staff this upcoming season will include defensive coordinator Lou Spanos, defensive backs coach Darrell Perkins, strength and conditioning coach Matt King and assistant strength and conditioning coach Marcus Wasilewski. Mike Moyseenko was promoted from offensive quality control to running backs coach.