Dick Hunsaker

Dick Hunsaker (born April 11, 1954)

Teams coached: Ball State Cardinals, Manchester Spartans, Utah Utes, Utah Valley Wolverines
Ball State record: 97-34 (.740)
Manchester record^: 51-27 (.654)
Utah record: 18-12 (.600)
Utah Valley record: 205-135 (.573)
Overall record^: 371-208 (.641)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2002-2015 Utah Valley
2000-2001 Utah (interim HC)
1998-2000 Utah (asst)
1995-1998 Manchester
1994-1995 Grand Rapids Hoops
1993-1994 Hartford Hellcats
1989-1993 Ball State
1987-1989 Ball State (asst)
1977-1987 Weber State (asst)

Dick Hunsaker Facts

  • Dick Hunsaker
  • Born April 11, 1954
  • Hometown: Clovis, New Mexico
  • Alma Mater: Weber State University (BS, 1977) / Brigham Young University (MS, 1983)
  • After graduating from Clovis HS (NM), started his collegiate career playing for Don Haskins at UTEP
  • Joined McCarthy’s staff at Weber State after his playing days were past, coaching there for ten seasons
    • Eight of those years were under McCarthy while the last two were under new head coach Larry Farmer
  • Became one of Rick Majerus‘ assistants at Ball State in 1989, then took over as the Cardinals’ head coach two years later
    • Went 97-34 over four seasons, reaching two NCAA Tournaments and winning two MAC titles and MAC Tournaments
      • Best remembered for leading BSU to the 1990 Sweet Sixteen, defeating 5-seed Oregon State and 4-seed Louisville
    • Left Ball State in 1993 amidst an NCAA investigation, but was never charged with any rules violations
  • Spent the next two years in the professional CBA, coaching the Hartford Hellcats and Grand Rapids Hoops for one season each
  • Returned to the college ranks in 1995, going 51-27 over three seasons at Division III Manchester College (IN)
  • Rejoined Majerus in 1998, this time as an assistant coach at Utah
    • Took over as acting head coach for all but the first game of the 2000-01 season, as Majerus experienced health issues
    • Hunsaker led the Utes to win the 2001 Mountain West title and appear in the NIT, going 18-12 at the helm
    • Majerus returned the following season and Hunsaker left the program
  • Hired in 2002 to take over at Utah Valley, a program transitioning from the junior college ranks straight to NCAA Division I
    • Was a D-I Independent for his first six seasons at the helm before joining the Great West in 2009 (then the WAC in 2013)
    • Went 205-135 over his 12-season tenure there, winning four conference titles (two Great West, one WAC and one UBC)
    • Appeared in the postseason twice with UVU, going to the 2012 CIT and 2014 NIT – both firsts for the program
  • Retired in 2015 with 371 career collegiate victories, six conference titles and six postseason appearances

Dick Hunsaker Coaching Tree

  • Jordan Brady (Wisconsin Herd)
  • Larry Eustachy (Colorado State, Southern Miss, Iowa State, Utah State, Idaho)
  • Freddie Owens (Green Bay)
  • Kevin Young (BYU, Delaware 87ers, Iowa Energy, Utah Flash)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I and Division III levels only