|Title:||Women's Head Basketball Coach|
|Previous College:||Miles Community College|
Thunderbird Head Coach Dwight Gunnare is energetic, focused, and detailed. Gunnare’s system throws a lot at his players, but they throw a lot at their opponents. His winning combination is grounded in his experience with coaching basketball and a passion for his players. He believes in cultivating athletes that are leaders on and off the court.
The 2019-20 season will mark his 12th at Casper College and 37th overall, and Gunnare is preparing for another successful run. Over his 37-year career, he has received 20 coach-of-the-year recognitions and was inducted into the Black Hills State University Coaching Hall of Fame in 2015.
His 11 Thunderbird teams have won 289 games — 26 wins per year — and three Region IX championships since his arrival in Wyoming. That comes as no surprise to those who followed his career in Montana, where his high school teams at Colstrip compiled a 175-87 record in 11 seasons and won a pair of state championships. He followed that up with a stint at Miles Community College before coming to Casper College. In six seasons at MCC, his Pioneers won 126 games in six seasons, a .717 winning percentage. In his final season there, 2007-2008, Miles posted a 31-2 record.
Coach Gunnare believes that success goes beyond winning basketball games. Preparing his players to play at the next level is also an important part of his program. In his 11 years at Casper College, Gunnare has had 41 players sign to play at four-year universities. Twenty of those transfers have gone on to play at Division I universities, including Arizona State University, Rutgers University, The University of Texas at El Paso, Saint Joseph’s University, Florida International University, and the University of Wyoming.
Success in the classroom is also a high priority in Gunnare’s program. At Casper College, to date, Gunnare has had five teams receive Academic All-American recognition and 18 individual players recognized as Distinguished Academic All-Americans.
Overall College Record = 415-139 (.749)
Overall Record at Casper College = 289-78 (.787)
2018-19 Region IX Coach of the Year
2017-18 District I Coach of the Year
2017-18 Regioin IX Coach of the Year
2015 Inductee into Black Hills State Coaching Hall of Fame
2015-16 Region IX Coach of the Year
2014-15 Region IX Coach of the Year
2011-12 Region IX Coach of the Year
2010-11 District I Coach of the Year
2010-11 Wyoming Conference Coach of the Year
2009-10 District I Coach of the Year
2009-10 Region IX Coach of the Year
2009-10 Wyoming Conference Coach of the Year
2008-09 Wyoming Conference Coach of the Year
2007-08 Region IX Coach of the Year
2007-08 North Sub-Region Coach of the Year
2007-08 Mon-Dak Conference Coach of the Year
2006-07 North Sub-Region Coach of the Year
2006-07 Mon-Dak Conference Coach of the Year