Mike Dunlap lives life as a series of challenges, something of an ongoing self-improvement project. He is a poet, an ultra-marathoner and an aspiring mountain climber who states emphatically that he will make a go at Mount Everest.
Dunlap's coaching career has been a journey to higher knowledge, a search for a moment of clarity. He has coached at small, medium and large colleges, overseas, and recently in the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets). He has held 12 jobs in 35 years, but continues to seek that moment.
"I'm still on this quest," he says, adding that he hopes it ends where it began, at Loyola Marymount.
"Perhaps his Mount Everest will...