John M. Dunham
John M. Dunham
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John M. Dunham ’64
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Year Inducted: 2011

John Dunham’s ’64 passion for the game of ice hockey is truly second-to-none. A goaltender at Brown from 1960-1964, he went on become the head coach of Trinity College’s men’s ice hockey team for 37 years, guiding them from club level to varsity status.

In the 33 varsity seasons Dunham coached, his teams amassed 441 victories, which places him fifth alltime among Division III coaches and 20th among coaches in all divisions. While Brown has produced a handful of great head coaches such as Joe Paterno ‘50, George Menard ’50 P’73, Dom Starsia ’74 and Mark Whipple ’80 – all of whom are in the Hall of Fame – no coach in the Brown Hall of Fame won more games than Dunham.

His teams made 21 postseason appearances, won four ECAC North/South Championships and one NESCAC Championship. Twice he led Trinity to the NCAA Championship Tournament, advancing all the way to the Frozen Four one year. He was a three-time NESCAC Coach of the Year (2001, 2003 and 2005) and a two-time finalist for the American College Hockey Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year award.

In 2009, Dunham was awarded the Parker/York Award by the New England Hockey Writers for his 
contributions to New England Hockey. The following year, he was named the recipient of the John 
MacInnes Award by his fellow coaches in recognition of his great concern for amateur and youth hockey programs.

Maybe the truest testament to his love of the game, is the fact that Dunham accomplished all of this while working as a part-time head coach. Despite having the full-time responsibility of working as an attorney for the State of Connecticut, he found the time to lead Trinity’s men’s ice hockey team to prominence. He stepped down from his head coaching duties in 2005, but continued to work for Trinity in the college’s development office for four years, securing major gifts to the athletic department for the construction of a new hockey arena. Currently, Dunham is a volunteer hockey coach at Avon Old Farms School and works in player development for a minor pro hockey team in Rome, NY.