Lake Superior State University’s all-time winningest
basketball coach is in her eighth year as director of athletics at
Kris Dunbar (’92) has focused her attention on increasing
the number of endowed scholarships for athletics, increasing Laker
Club membership and helping Laker teams succeed on the national
collegiate stage. During her tenure, LSSU brought back men’s
varsity golf and added women’s golf, and helped the track and
field program increase scholarships as part of a master plan to
boost enrollment and provide services that match the interests of
prospective students. Dunbar now oversees 15 varsity sports.
Her current priority is the Laker Hockey Challenge Fund. Any
amount donated to the fund between now and Sept. 30, 2013, will be
matched dollar for dollar by a friend of the program for up to
$250,000. In addition, a $5 million privately-funded Norris Center
renovation project is slated to begin in 2013.
Dunbar kicked off her administrative career by spearheading a
$300,000 fund-raising campaign for a new wood floor in Cooper
Gymnasium. The new floor was installed during the summer of 2007.
The outdoor tennis facility received a facelift in 2008.
LSSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has become one of
the most-active NCAA SAAC committees in the Great Lakes
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
During her eight-year stint as head women’s basketball
coach and senior women’s administrator, Dunbar led the Lakers
to a 154-72 record, including five straight 20-win seasons and five
straight NCAA Tournament appearances. She has more wins than any
former or current basketball coach at LSSU. Dunbar was named GLIAC
and Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 2002, and Women’s
Basketball Coaches Association Michigan College Coach of the Year
in 2003. She was also named the GLIAC’s top coach in 2005
after winning her fourth straight GLIAC North Division title. She
led the Lakers to GLIAC Tournament titles in 2003 and ‘04.
The Lakers reached the NCAA Midwest Regional finals in 2004.
Dunbar, ‘92 BA psychology, was a four-year starting guard
and three-year co-captain at LSSU. She totaled 812 points and 278
rebounds during her career. During her senior year, Dunbar was
ranked among the GLIAC top 10 in three-point field-goal percentage
and three-point field goals.
She earned a master’s degree in education from Elmira
College in 1997 and served as an assistant coach at LSSU in
1997-98. Dunbar is a 1988 graduate of Sault Area High School, where
she played basketball for her father, Tim Bullock.
Dunbar and her husband, Al, have two sons, Tyler (9) and Jaylen
In 2011, Dunbar joined her father, Tim, as a
member of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. She is a member
of the NCAA Division II Management Council and NCAA Championships