Assistant Athletics Director/Football
David Gunn serves as an assistant athletics director for Auburn football, serving as the chief liaison to head coach Gus Malzahn and as administrator for the overall football program. Gunn joined the Auburn family before the 2013 campaign.
Gunn came to Auburn with Malzahn after 11 seasons on the coaching staff at Arkansas State. He coached defensive backs in 2012, after spending his first 10 seasons as the ASU running backs coach. Gunn also held the role of Director of Player Development in 2011, the same season he served as the Red Wolves' interim head coach for the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
At Arkansas State, Gunn coached three All-Sun Belt Conference selections, two of the Red Wolves' top three all-time leading rushers, a Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year and the league's Freshman of the Year.
Since arriving at ASU in January 2002, Gunn developed some powerful performers. Reggie Arnold, A-State's featured back from 2006-09, was a Doak Walker Award candidate entering the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons and finished his career as ASU's second all-time leader in total rushing yards and tied for second in rushing touchdowns. Arnold piled up numerous awards, including All-Sun Belt Conference honors three times.
Gunn's first season featured Danny Smith, who broke ASU's all-time rushing record which had stood for 50 years. Gunn proudly watched Smith receive Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year Honors. Antonio Warren and Shermar Bracey churned out extraordinary rushing totals and signed NFL contracts; Warren finished his career as ASU's third all-time leading rusher with 3,040 yards.
Prior to joining the ASU staff, Gunn served as head coach for Little Rock McClellan (Ark.) High School for five seasons (1996-2001), taking the Crimson Tide to the playoffs twice. Before McClellan, he served as the boys' head track coach at Watson Chapel High School in Pine Bluff, Ark. (1991-95); he also served as the running backs and defensive backs coach at Watson Chapel and helped then go to the AAA playoffs three straight years, winning the 1996 state championship. That was the second stop at Watson Chapel for Gunn, who began his career as the linebackers and wide receivers coach there from 1987-89.
Gunn, a native of England, Ark., who excelled in football, basketball and track at England High School, also coached at Lake Highlands (Texas) High School, where he coached running backs and helped his team to a 1990 conference title.
After graduating from England High School in 1982, he attended the University of Arkansas, where he played defensive back and running back; as a Razorback, he played in the 1984 Liberty Bowl and the 1987 Orange Bowl. He graduated in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and biological science.
Gunn is married to the former Aleachia Stephenson of England, and they have two grown daughters - Tiffany, a recent Arkansas law school graduate, and Bethany, who is a junior at Auburn.