Lake Superior State University’s all-time winningest basketball coach is in her 10th year as director of athletics at LSSU.
Kris Dunbar ’92 has focused her attention on fund-raising with the hopes of upgrading LSSU Athletics facilities, 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, added junior varsity men’s and women's basketball, 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 14 varsity sports.
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. A Laker Hockey Challenge Fund campaign raised over $100,000, and several improvements to Taffy Abel Arena’s student section, press box and video webcast capabilities took place in 2013-14. In addition, LSSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has become one of the most-active NCAA SAAC committees in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Dunbar served five years on the NCAA Division II Management Council (2011-15). During that time, she also served on the DII Championships and Identity sub-committees. She has chaired both the GLIAC and Western Collegiate Hockey Association executive committees, and continues to serve on both.
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 and Jaylen.
In 2011, Dunbar joined her father, Tim Bullock, as a member of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.