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Larry Hunter

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Larry Hunter

  • Larry Hunter

Birthdate: Aug. 8, 1949
Birthplace: Athens, Ohio
High School: The Plains HS, Athens, Ohio
College: Ohio University (1971)
Died: May 4, 2018

Larry Hunter had successful collegiate coaching runs at Wittenberg and Ohio University before becoming head coach at Western Carolina in 2005.

Hired as head coach at Wittenberg in 1976, Hunter immediately was selected as NABC Division III Coach of the Year after the Tigers won the 1977 NCAA national championship. He was the first coach in NCAA history to win a national championship in his first season at a school. In his 13 seasons as head coach, Coach Hunter had a 305-76 record, along with five Great Lakes regional championships, four Final Four appearances, including NCAA Division III National Champions in 1977, the NCAA Division III Runner-up in 1983, and finished third in 1980 and 1987.

Ohio University came calling in 1989, and Hunter coached the Bobcats for 12 years. OU won Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament championships in 1993-94 to make the NCAA Tournament field. He also guided Ohio to the 1994 Preseason NIT Championship. Coach Hunter has spent the last 45 years in college coaching, 36 as a head college coach. He is the ninth winningest active Division I coach and 39th overall with 680 wins. He is the second all-time winningest coach at each of universities where he coached: Wittenberg, Ohio University, & Western Carolina. He was named Ohio College Coach of the Year twice, in 1980 and 1994. Coach Hunter has made 18 post-season NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 as a head coach and 7 as an assistant coach plus postseason NIT, CIT, and CBI appearances.