Christopher S. Dunn '96
Christopher S. Dunn '96
Title: Class of 2007
Organization: Men's Basketball

Chris Dunn accomplished in two years what many athletes don't even come close to achieving in four. He became a member of the WPI Men's Basketball team's exclusive 1,000-point club. After a legendary junior college career at CCRI, Dunn arrived at WPI to play for head coach Ken Kaufman in the 1993-94 season. He wasted no time becoming a force at the Division III level.

Right off the bat, he proved to be one of the top scorers in New England. Chris averaged 24.0 points during his junior season while leading the Engineers in scoring in 19 of 25 contests. Perhaps the high point of the season came when he equaled Rick Wheeler's single game scoring mark when he poured in 39 points against Suffolk. Chris would end the season with a school record 600 points, eclipsing then all-time scoring leader Orville Bailey's mark of 577. For his efforts he was named first team All- Constitution Athletic Conference.

During Chris' senior season, the Engineers shared the CAC championship and earned a spot in the ECAC Championships, where they advanced to the semifinals before falling to Colby-Sawyer. The 19-9 record was the second best at WPI since 1928. Again, Chris broke the single game scoring record, this time pouring in 43 points in contest versus Western New England College on January 14, 1995. His 636 points broke his own single-season standard.

After the season, the awards began to pile up for Chris. He was selected CAC Player of the Year, the first WPI player ever receive the honor. He earned All-New England and All-ECAC honors, and capped his standout career by being named honorable mention All-America.

Chris remained with the program during the 1995-96 season, assisting Kaufman and Gary Donahue as he completed his degree in management engineering with a focus in industrial engineering.

"Scoring 1,000 points in just two years should indicate how talented and how great a player Chris was," comments Coach Kaufmann. "Just as impressive was how hard he worked in the classroom. He received tremendous support from his family and was rewarded by earning his degree from WPI."

Chris Dunn ended his career 12th all-time on the WPI scoring list, a significant achievement for someone to accomplish in just two seasons.

Chris is vice president of sales at mortgage broker East Funding, and an account executive for East Commerce Solutions, both in East Providence. He and his wife, Danielle, reside in Pawtucket.