A tireless worker with an immense passion for success, B.J. Dunne entered the 2013-14 season as the head men’s basketball coach at Vassar College. With the appointment, Dunne became the youngest head coach in the NCAA at all levels at the time. Dunne recently completed his third year at the College after serving as an assistant in 2012-13. Dunne has coached five All-Liberty League performers during his tenure.
As the head coach at Vassar, Dunne has compiled a record of 26-26 overall and 13-19 in Liberty League. His first year at the helm in 2013-14 season will go down as arguably the greatest season in Vassar College men's basketball history. Coach Dunne and the Brewers punched their first ticket to the Liberty League Tournament since the 2007-08 season after earning a program-record 19 wins and finishing second within the Liberty League with a 10-6 mark. Vassar picked up its first-ever Liberty League Tournament victory with a 66-62 win over Skidmore College, and nearly captured the squad’s first-ever league title with a 75-74 double overtime loss to Hobart College.
Dunne and his staff were named as the Liberty League Co-Coaching Staff of the Year, and he also mentored three All-Liberty League performers including first-teamer Johnny Mrlik. Dunne and his team rattled off winning streaks of nine and six throughout the season, and also were 10-2 in the Athletics and Fitness Center. Additionally, Vassar posted the seventh-best field-goal percentage defense in Division III, and were sixth in the nation in defensive rebounds per game with 29.19. Offensively, the Brewers finished 15th in D-III in three-point field-goal percentage, making 40.3 percent of their shots from deep. In all, VC was first in seven statistical categories, while Dunne coached five individual stat leaders within the Liberty League. Mrlik earned All-East Region Second Team honors as well in 2013-14, and the team also received the CBOA Schoenfield Sportsmanship Award in his first year as head coach.