Larry Hunter

Larry Hunter (1949-2018)

Teams coached: Wittenberg Tigers, Ohio Bobcats, Western Carolina Catamounts
Wittenberg record^: 305-76 (.801)
Ohio record: 204-148 (.580)
Western Carolina record: 193-229 (.457)
Overall record^: 702-453 (.608)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1994)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1995)
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2016)
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2010)
  • SoCon Regular Season Champion:  2  (2009, 2011)
  • MAC Regular Season Champion:  1  (1994)
  • OAC (Div III) Regular Season Champion:  6  (1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1989)
  • MAC Tournament Champion:  1  (1994)
  • OAC (Div III) Tournament Champion:  6  (1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987)
  • NCAA Division III National Championships:  1  (1977)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  6  (1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989)
  • NCAA Division III Tournament Final Four:  4  (1977, 1980, 1983, 1987)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2005-2018 Western Carolina
2002-2005 NC State (assoc. HC)
2001-2002 NC State (asst)
1989-2001 Ohio
1976-1989 Wittenberg
1973-1976 Wittenberg (asst)
1971-1973 Marietta (asst)

Larry Hunter Facts

  • Larry Hunter
  • Born August 8, 1949
  • Hometown: Athens, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: Ohio University (BS, 1971 & MS, 1973)
  • Started coaching in 1971, spending two years as an assistant at D-III Marietta College (OH) while earning his master’s degree
  • Spent three years as an assistant at D-III Wittenberg, also serving as soccer coach for three seasons (11-20-1 overall record)
  • Became the head basketball coach at Wittenberg in 1976, leading the Tigers to an NCAA Championship title in his first season
    • Went to the D-III NCAA Tournament ten times in thirteen seasons, reaching the Final Four a total of four times
  • Returned to alma mater Ohio in 1989 as the Bobcats head coach, a position he would hold for the next twelve seasons
    • Won 204 games at Ohio, going to one NCAA Tournament and one NIT during his tenure
    • Swept the MAC regular season and Tournament titles in 1994
  • Was on Herb Sendek‘s staff at NC State for four seasons – three as associate head coach – in between head coaching jobs
  • Finished his career with a 13-year run at Western Carolina, winning 193 and a share of two SoCon regular season titles
  • Suffered a massive stroke and passed away several days later on May 4, 2018
    • Survived by his wife, Mary

Larry Hunter Coaching Tree

  • Jeff Boals (Ohio, Stony Brook)
  • Geno Ford (Stony Brook, Bradley, Kent State, Muskingum, Shawnee State)
  • Jayson Gee (Longwood, Charleston WV)
  • James Jones (Yale)

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division III levels (Wittenberg is D-III)

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