OSU football: Kasey Dunn promoted to offensive coordinator
STILLWATER — The move that appeared imminent became official Monday afternoon. Oklahoma State announced the promotion of receivers coach Kasey Dunn to offensive coordinator.
He takes the spot vacated by Sean Gleeson, who left OSU after one season to take the offensive coordinator job at Rutgers.
Dunn has been with OSU head coach Mike Gundy since 2011 as receivers coach. When the 2020 season begins, Dunn will become the longest consecutively tenured OSU assistant since 1962.
Dunn was set to become the offensive coordinator and play-caller at UNLV last month, but reversed course and stayed in Stillwater.
Now, he appears in line to become the play-caller for a perennially potent OSU offense that returns nearly every starter from last season. That includes quarterback Spencer Sanders, star receiver Tylan Wallace, and as of Monday night, one of the country's best running backs in Chuba Hubbard, who announced his decision to stay at OSU for his junior year.
With programs like Oregon showing interest in Dunn a year ago, OSU athletic director Mike Holder orchestrated a deal to keep Dunn on staff. Dunn added the title of associate head coach last February, which came with a raise to $550,000 per year through 2021, plus a $50,000 retention bonus to be paid every year of the contract if he is still employed on April 1.
It was not immediately known if the offensive coordinator promotion included a salary increase, but it most definitely comes with an expanded role in the offense.
“We have been in Stillwater going on 10 years and have loved raising our family here and being part of the OSU community,” Dunn said in a school press release. “We have an excellent returning cast of players and coaches and a supportive fan base, which makes this an exciting time for Cowboy football. I’m honored to get this opportunity and thankful to Coach Holder and Coach Gundy.”
Tim Rattay, who had been an assistant with Washington’s NFL franchise, recently was added to the OSU staff as quarterbacks coach, meaning Dunn will continue to coach receivers, a job he has handled masterfully in his nine OSU seasons.
During Dunn’s time in Stillwater, he’s coached two Biletnikoff Award winners, Justin Blackmon in 2011 and James Washington in 2017. Blackmon, Washington and Wallace (2018) each earned first-team All-America status.
Dunn’s receivers have earned All-Big 12 honors 10 times and OSU has had at least one All-Big 12 receiver in all but one of Dunn’s years on staff.