Fairbanks’ own Mike Dunlap is nominated for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is full of athletes, coaches and sports figures who represent the Interior.
One of those individuals is Mike Dunlap.​
Dunlap started his basketball journey playing for the Lathrop Malemutes.​
He played during the middle of the 70s, and took his talents to Loyola Marymount University, becoming the first Alaskan to finish their college career at a DI program.​
This would be start of many firsts for Dunlap.​
He went on to be the first Alaskan to win a national championship as a coach, leading Metro State to two titles.​
The first Alaskan to coach in Australia.​
Not to mention, he is first Alaskan to be a head coach in the NBA.​
He coached the Charlotte Bobcats from 2012 to 2013.​
Dunlap talked being the first to break the barrier for those who come from the Last Frontier.​
"I would say that winning two national championships, being the first Alaskan ever to finish his career as a Division I player. To be the first doing that was special at LMU, and kind of break the sound barrier for other Alaskans. I'm most proud of that, and to be the first Alaskan to be a head coach in the NBA. You know why did that happen? Because it was a young state,"​ said Dunlap.
Dunlap also credited the coaching he has seen through the years.
He also believes the 49th state deserves more for how they prepare athletes for the next level and in life.​
"Well I mean again the value based it reminds of the coaches I had climbing the ladder and move out of Alaska to continue this journey and if it weren't for them there's a lot of collection of great support. Whether it's hockey, baseball or basketball or whatever sport is done extremely well in Alaska. I think everybody understands because of the climate that it's really an opportunity to shape the children that come out of Alaska. It's incredible and I don't think that the state gets enough credit for the tax dollars and the incredible teachers/coaches that are involved and coach up there,"​ said Dunlap.
This is just one of many stories we are doing here on Sports 13 for the Interior candidates in the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.
Final votes for the Class of 2020 will be in November.