Created:Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:23 p.m.CDT
Updated:Sunday, September 15, 2013 7:31 p.m.CDT

Former NIU OC Mike Dunbar passed away Friday


Mike Dunbar, who began last season as Northern Illinois' offensive coordinator, passed away at his home in DuPont, Wash. Friday after a battle with cancer.

Dunbar had a number of stops in his lengthy coaching career which began in 1980, including stints as the offensive coordinator at Toledo (1992-96), Northwestern (2002-05), Cal (2006), Minnesota (2007-08) and New Mexico State (2010). Dunbar was the head coach at Northern Iowa from 1997-2000.

Dunbar was hired to be NIU's offensive coordinator in January 2012, but stepped down following NIU's Week 1 loss at Iowa in order to fight cancer. He had been diagnosed with the disease shortly after arriving in DeKalb.

Rod Carey, now the Huskies' head coach, took over play-calling duties. Dunbar still served in an advisory role with the NIU offense.

Dunbar, who was 64, is survived by his wife, Linda, and children, Troy and Lori.