Hunter Gilstrap

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Hunter Gilstrap
Personal information
Full name Richard Hunter Gilstrap, Jr.
Date of birth (1983-04-17) April 17, 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
2001–2004 Clemson Tigers
2005 College of Charleston Cougars
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Greenville Lions 6 (0)
2006 Miami FC 5 (0)
2007–2008 Cleveland City Stars 20 (0)
2008 Performance FC Phoenix
2008–2009 Maritzburg United 11 (0)
2009 Cleveland City Stars 22 (0)
2010–2014 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 93 (0)
2015 Carolina RailHawks 9 (0)
2015Charlotte Independence (loan) 2 (0)
2016 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 9 (0)
2017 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0 (0)
Total 177+ (0+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Richard Hunter Gilstrap, Jr. (born April 17, 1983 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American retired soccer player. He is the goalkeeping coach for USL Championship club Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, who he played with for six years.


Youth and amateur[edit]

Gilstrap grew up in Lexington, South Carolina, attended Lexington High School, played club soccer for the NECSA (now South Carolina United FC) Galaxy, and played college soccer at Clemson University and at the College of Charleston, where he registered a 1.16 goals allowed average (GAA) and 4 shutouts during his senior season.

During his college years Gilstrap also played with the Greenville Lions in the USL Premier Development League.[1]


Gilstrap was drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 2006 USL-1 draft by Miami FC, and spent the season playing in the USL First Division, making five first team appearances and playing in international friendlies against teams from Spain, Brazil and Guatemala.

He transferred to the expansion Cleveland City Stars in 2007, and immediately became a fan-favorite, appearing in 20 regular season games in 2 seasons with the team, and helping them to the USL Second Division championship in 2008.

After spending the 2008-09 USL offseason playing in the South African Premier Soccer League with Maritzburg United, Gilstrap re-signed with Cleveland for a third season on April 22, 2009.[2]

Gilstrap captained the Stars in their first USL First Division campaign in 2009. Despite their last place finish, Gilstrap finished among the top 7 goalkeepers in the league in 4 statistical categories, including saves and shutouts.[3] He was also awarded the Stars' Community Leadership Player of the Year Award for his work with the club and community during the season.[4]

Gilstrap played the 2010 season with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL Second Division. The team finished in 3rd place after losing to the Richmond Kickers in the semifinals of the USL-2 Playoffs. Gilstrap won the 2010 USL-2 Goalkeeper of the Year Award [5] and was voted First Team All-league for his efforts during the campaign.[6] On February 9, 2011, Gilstrap signed a two-year contract extension with Pittsburgh.[7] On 18 February 2013, Gilstrap signed another 2-year extension to play through with the Riverhounds through the 2014 USL Pro season.[8]

On January 8, 2015, Gilstrap signed with the Carolina RailHawks for the 2015 season.[9]

Gilstrap returned to Pittsburgh on January 7, 2016.[10]


  1. ^
  2. ^ City Stars Re-Sign Goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap
  3. ^ USL First Division 2009 Goalkeeper Stats
  4. ^ Cleveland City Stars End of Season Awards
  5. ^ USL-2 Award Winners Announced
  6. ^ USL-2 All League Teams Announced
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  8. ^ "Riverhounds Re-sign Gilstrap for Inaugural Season at Highmark Stadium". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-01-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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