Staff
Head Coach
Mike Dunlap

Mike Dunlap, a 1980 graduate of LMU, is in his fourth season at the helm of the Lions in 2017-18. He once again has led the Lions to a better season than the one before, earning himself a contract extension on Aug. 7, 2017.

Dunlap's first season with the Lions was about setting a foundation for years to come. And his second season, he considered it "year one" with this new foundation. The Lions peak down the stretch, winning three of their last four, including a pair of overtime victories of top-half programs San Francisco and Pepperdine. They finished 14-17 overall, 6-12 in the WCC, and earned a win in the WCC tournament.

They have done it again in 2016-17, entering the 2017 WCC Championships winning their last three games of the regular season and four of their last five. It is the best finish to a season for the Lions since winning 10 straight in 1990-91. They improved their overall win total and WCC win total for the third straight year at 15-15 overall and 8-10 in the WCC.

Dunlap, who is 37-55 in three seasons at LMU, enters his 18th season as a head coach at the collegiate level with a 365-160 record (.697).

Part of the new foundation were capital improvements. The Lions renovated the men's basketball locker room area, including new film operations with a brand new video display system. LMU also expanded the athletic training rooms, adding nearly 1,200-square-feet while converting the old training room into a wet-room - complete with hydrotherapy stations. This past summer, the University also allocated use of the Burns Back Court within the Burns Recreation Center as the official practice home of LMU basketball. In addition, the Lions will play in Gersten Pavilion with a brand-new, state-of-the-art video LED system by Daktronics in 2015-16. Included in the new system is a center-hung scoreboard.

Known for his player development and on-the-floor coaching, Dunlap was most recently the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats for the 2012-2013 season, becoming the first coach in NBA history to win three times as many games as the year before. He also spent time with the Denver Nuggets, recently served as a top assistant at Arizona, Oregon, and St. John's, and won a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo. He began coaching right after graduating from LMU and he brings that experience back home.

Before arriving in Charlotte, Dunlap spent six years as an assistant coach in the professional and college ranks. Prior to his work as an assistant, he spent nine seasons as the head coach at Metro State, leading his teams to the national titles in 2000 and 2002 while earning NABC Division II Coach of the Year honors in both of those seasons. Coach Dunlap, whose teams went to the NCAA Tournament in each of his nine seasons, posted an overall record of 248-50 (.832), winning five Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles.

In 2006, Coach Dunlap left Metro State to become an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets under George Karl. In two seasons with the Nuggets, he helped the team to a 95-69 record that included a 50-win season in 2007-08, the team's first in 23 years.

Dunlap then spent the 2008-09 season as associate head coach at the University of Arizona under legendary coach Lute Olson and the 2009-10 season as associate head coach on Ernie Kent's staff at the University of Oregon before joining Steve Lavin at St. John's in 2010. During the 2011-12 season, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the team and served as acting head coach in all but four games while Lavin recovered from surgery to treat prostate cancer.

Dunlap's previous head coaching experience also includes three seasons with the Adelaide 36ers in Australia's National Basketball League and five seasons at California Lutheran University. From 1994-97, he led the 36ers to a 59-33 record (.641) and three straight appearances in the NBL Final Four, including advancing to the Grand Final game in 1995.

Before going to Australia, Dunlap was head coach at Division III California Lutheran from 1989-94, where his teams posted an 80-54 record (.597) and won three straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles from 1992-94, while also advancing to the Sweet 16 in 1992 and 1994.

His college coaching experience also includes five seasons with the Lions (1980-85), one season at the University of Iowa (1985-86) and three seasons at the University of Southern California (1986-89).

A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Dunlap earned an associate of arts degree in science from Pierce College in 1978, before attaining a bachelor's degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in 1980.

Dunlap and his wife have three children. An avid runner, Dunlap has a 100-mile race to his credit.

Assistant Coach
Brannon Hays

Brannon Hays, a Southern California native with nine years experience as a college Head Coach, is in his fourth season with LMU men's basketball program in 2017-18. He served as the Director of Basketball Operations the first two seasons and was moved to assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.
"This is an exciting opportunity to be working with Coach Dunlap again, and excited to be back in Southern California," said Hays, who grew up in San Diego watching the West Coast Conference as a kid. "There was so much to be excited about in coming to LMU that first year. I am excited to get back on the floor and back to recruiting in this new role. I am really looking forward to working with the guys in a new capacity."

Hays spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach with John Peterson, who was also an assistant with the Lions the first two seasons, at Ohlone College. Prior to the season Ohlone, Hays was an assistant coach at San Jose State for the women's basketball team form 2011-13.

""I am very fortunate to have Brannon join our staff," said Dunlap. "He brings experience from many different levels, including very successful experience as a head coach. I have known him a very long time, his work ethic and devotion to his team is invaluable to the LMU program. He has earned the opportunity to get back on the floor and coach, and this will only move us forward in the future."

Prior to moving back to California, Hayes was a head coach for nine seasons in Colorado. In nine seasons as a head coach at Metro State College of Denver (2007-10) and Colorado Christian University (2001-05), Hays' teams recorded six winning seasons and appeared in three NCAA Division II Championship tournaments. His overall major college head coaching record is 156-105 (.598).

At Metro State, the Roadrunners recorded a 98-27 win-loss record, won two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) regular-season championships, three RMAC tournament titles and participated in the 2007, 2009 and 2010 NCAA Division II Championship tournaments. He was the 2009 RMAC East Division Coach of the Year after Metro State posted a 27-4 win-loss record.

At Colorado Christian University during the 2001 through 2005 seasons, he breathed life into a dormant program. After three seasons winning just 20 games, the Cougars won 19 games in each of his final two seasons. The 38 wins are the most in a two-year span in Colorado Christian men's basketball history.

Between his two head coaching stints, Hays was an assistant coach twice for Coach Dunlap and the Metro State men's program. In each of his four seasons as an assistant (1998-2000, 2006), the Roadrunners competed in the NCAA Tournament and were the 2000 NCAA Division II national champion.

Hays went to San Jose State after coaching boys basketball at Mullen High in Denver, Colo., for the 2011 season.

The 1993 California Lutheran University graduate majored in Computer Information Systems and minored in Physical Education. His first experience with Coach Dunlap was when he played for him as a junior and senior year for the Kingsmen. Hays has a Masters of Sports Science degree in Sport Coaching from the United States Sports Academy.

A native of Chula Vista, Calif., Hays and his wife, Lori, have two children, Harrison and Adison.

Assistant Coach
Patrick Sandle

With more than 25 years of coaching experience, Patrick Sandle returned home to be an assistant coach with the LMU men's basketball program in 2014-15. Sandle, a Los Angeles native, is in his fourth season on Coach Mike Dunlap's staff in 2017-18.

Known for his scouting ability, work ethic, defense, intensity and successful guard play, Sandle has experience rooted in Southern California with a stop within the West Coast Conference. But his experience branches across the country, spending 10 years (2003-13) as an assistant coach at Pitt, his second stint with the Panthers.

"We're fortunate to have Pat with our program and back in Southern California," said Dunlap. "Like the rest of our staff, I have known him a long time and he was instrumental in building the program at Pitt. He is important to our building process here as we enter our third season."

Sandle first arrived at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 with Head Coach Ben Howland and then came back to Los Angeles when Howland was hired at UCLA. He was an assistant with the Bruins until 2003 when he went back to Pitt. He helped guide the Bruins to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance and 20-plus win season under Steve Lavin in 2001-02. During his tenure, he assisted in the development of NBA players Dan Gadzuric, Matt Barnes and Jason Kapono.

"I am excited to be back in Southern California and to be working with Mike and this staff," said Sandle. "LMU is a great institution and in a great conference. With a year under us to establish our foundation, I feel year two we have a chance to really grow as a program."

Working with Dixon at Pitt, the Panthers compiled a 238-77 record and .756 winning percentage, advanced to three NCAA Sweet Sixteens along with the 2009 NCAA Elite Eight, earned the school's first-ever No. 1 national ranking (2009) and No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Tournament in both 2009 and 2011, claimed two Big East regular season titles (2003-04 and 2010-11), captured a Big East Tournament title in 2008 and advanced to eight NCAA Tournaments. In addition, four former players including Chris Taft, Aaron Gray, Sam Young and DeJuan Blair moved on to NBA careers.

During a five-year coaching tenure with Dixon on Ben Howland's staffs at both Pitt and Northern Arizona (1996-99), Sandle was responsible for guard play, scouting, conditioning, player development, on-campus recruiting and academic progress. He also served as director of the school's summer basketball camps. During Sandle's 2000-01 season on Pitt's staff, the Panthers advanced to the National Invitation Tournament, their first postseason appearance in four years. While at Northern Arizona, the Lumberjacks enjoyed their most successful three-year period in school history (63-23, .733), won back-to-back Big Sky Conference titles and advanced to the 1997 NIT and 1998 NCAA Tournament.

Sandle owns 27 years of coaching experience, including 18 seasons at the NCAA Division I level. He has served NCAA Division I stints at Pitt (1999-2001 and 2003-current), UCLA (2001-03), Northern Arizona (1996-99), Fresno State (1991-92) and Saint Mary's College, Calif. (1990-91). Additionally, Sandle has coached at Sonoma State (1994-96), Santa Barbara City College (1989-90), Skyline (Calif.) Junior College (1987-88) and Cuesta College (1986-87). He also coached two stints at San Rafael (Calif.) High School in 1988-89 and from 1992-94.

He spent the 2013-14 season working with a basketball training program, organizing clinics and camps in Pittsburgh.

A standout at San Francisco State University from 1982-84, Sandle is a member of the school's athletic hall of fame. A two-time All-California North Conference selection, Sandle is the school's all-time career assist leader and ranks third in career steals (120). He also held the single-season assists record for seven years with 138 in 1983-84.

Sandle was a standout junior college performer at Cuesta College (1980-82), earning All-California and All-North Coast Conference honors. He played his final two seasons at San Francisco State (1982-84), where he earned his undergraduate degree in communications in 1987. Sandle began his basketball career at Los Angeles Crenshaw High School while playing for legendary prep coach Willie West. As a six-foot-one-inch guard, Sandle helped lead Crenshaw to back-to-back Los Angeles city championships.

Sandle and his wife have four sons.

Assistant Coach
Derrick Clark

The Loyola Marymount men’s basketball team has hired Derrick Clark as an assistant coach, adding further NCAA Tournament experience to a coaching staff already stacked with veterans of the Division II powerhouse Metropolitan State University of Denver Roadrunners.

A former player and coach under LMU Head Coach Mike Dunlap, Clark joins the LMU staff with an 173-50 record as a Division II head coach. He led Metro State to five NCAA Division II tournaments, four Sweet 16 appearances, three trips to the Elite Eight, a pair of Final Four runs, and a trip to the national title game in 2012-13 following a 32-3 season.

"Derrick Clark brings exceptional experience with recruiting, coaching, and player development," said Dunlap. "Additionally, Derrick has played for and coached with me before, which is a tremendous advantage."

Clark’s teams won three consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles, going 90-11 overall and 61-5 in the RMAC, from 2012-15. In both of the seasons in which Clark led his team to the Final Four, he was named RMAC Coach of the Year (2013 and 2014).

Additionally, following the 2013 season, Clark was named Division II Bulletin National Coach of the Year and received his first of two consecutive NABC South Central Region Coach of the Year recognitions.

In 2013, he coached the consensus national player of the year, senior guard Brandon Jefferson, who broke Metro State's season records for scoring, scoring average, free throws and free throw percentage. In 2015, senior guard Mitch McCarron and junior forward Nicholas Kay were both named Academic All-Americans, becoming the first teammates to earn that honor in the same season at MSU Denver. McCarron was also an NCAA's Elite 89 Award winner with the top GPA at the Elite Eight.

Clark took over as Metro State Head Coach after current LMU assistant coach Brannon Hays left the position in 2010. For the past 20 seasons, dating back to when Dunlap took over the program in 1997, the Roadrunners have been led by one of LMU’s current coaches. In that stretch, Metro State went to 17 NCAA Tournaments, including six Final Four appearances and two National Championships.

Prior to Metro State, Clark served three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado. While with the Buffalos, Clark handled off-campus recruiting, opponent scouting, summer camps, and day-to-day operations. In his final season in Boulder, he helped CU improve from a 9-22 season in 2008-09 to a 15-16 finish in 2009-10, leading to Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik’s hiring as Wake Forest’s new head coach.

Bzdelik and Clark also teamed up together at the Air Force Academy, leading the Falcons to the Division I NCAA Tournament in 2005-06 and the National Invitational Tournament Final the following season. Air Force’s combined record was 50-16 (.758) during that stretch and 22-10 (.688) in the Mountain West Conference, both school records for a two-year span.

Prior to working at Air Force, Clark spent eight seasons in his first stint on Metro State’s coaching staff from 1997 through 2005, with the final five years as a full-time assistant coach under Dunlap. Under the guidance of Dunlap, the winningest coach in program history, the Roadrunners compiled a 227-40 (.850) record.

Clark and Dunlap first paired up at Cal Lutheran University, where Clark played under his future boss. In two seasons with the Kingsmen, Clark was named first team all-conference, led Cal Lutheran to a pair of NCAA Division III Sweet 16 appearances, and earned his bachelor’s degree.

Before beginning his coaching career, Clark played for the Shepparton Gators, a professional team in Australia from 1995-97. He led the Victorian Basketball League in scoring, was the league's Defensive Player of the Year and finished in the top five in rebounding. Clark was also a member of the VBL all-star team and finished second in the league's MVP voting. While in Shepparton, he organized and ran various after-school basketball clinics.

A native of Sacramento, Calif., Clark graduated from Foothill High School. He is married to the former Laurie Wilbur and the couple has twins, Isaiah and Alexis.