After a highly successful career as a high school coach and educator, Tom Dunlap is in his third year at Ohio State and his first directing the program's football operations. He joined the OSU football staff in August, 2009, as a program assistant, helping the Buckeyes in operations, academics and recruiting until getting promoted this July.
A teacher in the Columbus City Schools since 1974, he joined the faculty of Beechcroft High School in 1977 and taught there until 2009. The internship coordinator and credit recovery instructor, he was named Teacher of the Year by the Beechcroft PTA in 1995.
From 1986-2009, Dunlap served as head football coach at Beechcroft, posting a career record of 174-70 and making the state playoffs 13 times. Nine times his teams won the Columbus City Championship, and he was named Coach of the Year in the City League six times and in the Central District twice during his distinguished career. Five of his players at Beechcroft played football for the Buckeyes: Bill Matlock, Paris Long, Jamal Luke, Sir Joe Welch, Antonio Smith.
Dunlap received a bachelor's degree from Ohio State in education in 1973 and a master's in education from Ashland College in 1986. He was inducted into the Ohio High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.
A Columbus native and graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, he and his wife Beth have two children and three grandchildren. Daughter Melissa Palmisciano and her husband Matthew (both of whom served as majors in the U.S. Marine Corps) have two daughters, Maddie and Abby. Son Ryan and his wife Teara have a son, Anthony.