Lee Hunt

Lee Hunt (born January 15, 1935)

Teams coached: Ole Miss Rebels, UMKC Kangaroos
Ole Miss record: 50-66 (.431)
UMKC record: 112-136 (.452)
Overall record: 162-202 (.445)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1983)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1986-1996 UMKC
1982-1986 Ole Miss
1977-1982 UAB (asst)
1975-1977 UCLA (asst)
1974-1975 Illinois (asst)
1970-1974 Memphis State (asst)
19??-19?? Central Missouri State (asst)

Lee Hunt Facts

  • Robert Lee Hunt
  • Born January 15, 1935
  • Alma Mater: Central Missouri State College (BA, 1957)
  • Played at Central Missouri (in the College Division, now D-II) in the 1950s for head coach Earl Keith
  • First coaching job was at Wellington HS (MO) and he also worked for a time as an assistant at his alma mater
  • Spent many years working as an assistant under Gene Bartow at Memphis State, Illinois, UCLA and UAB
    • Was part of five NCAA Tournaments, including two Final Fours and a Runner-up finish in 1973
  • Became the head coach at Ole Miss in 1982, going 50-66 in four seasons at the helm
    • His best year was his first, as the Rebels went 19-12 and reached the NIT while Hunt was named SEC COY
  • Left Ole Miss in 1986 and headed to UMKC, which was getting ready to transition into Division I play
    • Initially just a consultant, he was quickly named head men’s basketball coach and Director of Athletics
    • Went 112-136 in ten years as the Kangaroos’ head coach, highlighted by a 21-7 record in 1991-92
    • Was head coach for the program’s first two seasons in a Division I conference, the MCC (now Summit League)
    • Retired from coaching in 1996 and then retired as AD in 1998 but remained active within the UMKC community
      • Hunt was part of the inaugural 2009 class of the UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Hunt played an important role in the integration of schools and athletic programs throughout his career, which included fielding the first all African-American starting lineup in Ole Miss history

Lee Hunt Coaching Tree

  • Rod Barnes (Cal State Bakersfield, Georgia State, Ole Miss)