Joel Hunt

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Joel Hunt
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1905-10-11)October 11, 1905
Texico, New Mexico
Died July 24, 1978(1978-07-24) (aged 72)
Teague, Texas
Playing career
1925–1927 Texas A&M
1929–1930 Houston Buffaloes
1931–1932 Columbus Senators/Red Birds
1931 Rochester Red Wings
1931–1932 St. Louis Cardinals
Position(s) Running back, punter, kicker (football)
Right fielder (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1928–1929 Marshall (TX) JC
1930–1932 Texas A&M (assistant)
1933–1936 LSU (assistant)
1938 Georgia
1939 Wyoming
1940–1941 LSU (assistant)
1945–1947 LSU (assistant)
1949 Buffalo Bills (assistant)
1950 Baltimore Colts (assistant)
1955 Houston (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 5–11–2
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1967 (profile)

Oliver Joel "Lil' Joel" Hunt (October 11, 1905 – July 24, 1978) was American football and baseball player and coach of football. He played college football at Texas A&M University from 1925 to 1927 and served as the head football coach at the University of Georgia in 1938 and the University of Wyoming in 1939. Hunt also played professional baseball in the minor leagues and briefly with the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1967.

College football playing career[edit]

Hunt played for Texas A&M from 1925 to 1927. While in college, Hunt was a running back, punter, place kicker and defensive player. Playing in 27 games during his career, he scored 30 touchdowns, 5 field goals and 29 extra points. Coach John Heisman, who was the head coach at Rice University during Hunt's years at Texas A&M and saw Hunt play, asserted that Hunt was "the greatest all-around player I ever saw."[1]

Coaching and professional baseball career[edit]

After college, Hunt served as head football coach at Marshall (Texas) Junior College (1928–1929). He also played professional baseball, spending most of his time in the minor leagues, but also playing 16 games in the major leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1931–32. Hunt was assistant coach at Texas A&M University (1930–1932) and at Louisiana State University (1933–1936). He became the head football coach at Georgia in 1938 and completed his only season there with a 5–4–1 record.

At Georgia, Hunt was a surprise replacement for the popular head coach Harry Mehre. Although Hunt's 5–4–1 record as a head coach was respectable, his most important contribution to Georgia Bulldogs football was a coaching assistant that he brought with him, Wally Butts. Butts became Georgia's head coach in 1939 and continued in that position until 1960.

After Georgia, Hunt became the head football coach at the University of Wyoming in 1939, where he had a disappointing 0–7–1 record. Following his brief stint as head coach at Georgia and Wyoming, Hunt returned to being assistant coach, coaching at the collegiate and professional levels: again with LSU (1940–1941, 1945–1947), with the Buffalo Bills of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) in 1949, the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League (NFL) in 1950, and at the University of Houston in 1955.

Honors and later life[edit]

Hunt was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1967. He died in Teague, Texas on July 24, 1978.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1938)
1938 Georgia 5–4–1 1–2–1 9th
Georgia: 5–4–1 1–2–1
Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain States Conference) (1939)
1939 Wyoming 0–7–1 0–5–1 7th
Wyoming: 0–7–1 0–5–1
Total: 5–11–2


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