|Born||April 7, 1964|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1993–1994||Miami (OH) (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Summit League Tournament (2003)|
Summit League regular season (2006)
2× Sun Belt regular season (2014, 2015)
2× Sun Belt Tournament (2015, 2018)
|2× Summit League Coach of the Year (2003, 2006)|
Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2014)
Ronald Eugene Hunter (born April 7, 1964) is an American college basketball coach and the current men's basketball head coach of the Georgia State University Panthers. His son, former Georgia State player R. J. Hunter, was a first-round draft pick for the Boston Celtics.
From 1994 to 2011, Hunter served as the head coach at IUPUI. Under his direction, the team advanced from an NAIA program to NCAA Division I. In its third season as a Division I program, Hunter led IUPUI to its first, and thus far only, NCAA tournament appearance in 2003. On January 24, 2008, Hunter coached a game against Oakland University while barefoot. He did this to benefit Samaritan's Feet, a foundation that works to provide hope and love to impoverished children around the world by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes. His goal was to collect 40,000 shoes, however, before tip-off, over 110,000 pairs of shoes had been donated.
On March 21, 2011, it was announced Hunter would replace Rod Barnes as the Georgia State Panthers' men's basketball head coach. During his first season at GSU, Georgia State won 22 games, the fourth most in school history.
The moment many know Hunter for happened in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Coach Hunter tore his Achilles celebrating the Panthers' SBC Tournament championship. Because of his injury, he was forced to coach their subsequent NCAA appearance from a stool. In their second-round game against the three-seed, Baylor, Hunter's son R.J. hit a deep, game-winning three with seconds left on the clock. When the shot went in, Hunter's rolling stool slipped out from under him while celebrating. The moment spurred a torrent of media attention and resulted in multiple features, interviews, and a spot in 'One Shining Moment' at the conclusion of the tournament.
On November 20, 2017, in a win over Eastern Washington, Hunter earned his 400th career win.
Ron Hunter has played a key role in the ongoing transformation of the athletics culture at Georgia State, particularly with the basketball program and their continuing ascension from being one of the most unsuccessful programs in NCAA Division 1 history to being one of the premier Mid-Major programs in the nation. Some of Ron Hunter's most notable wins as head of coach of Georgia State are: VCU (2011), #16 Baylor (2015), Georgia (2018) and Alabama (2018). Hunter also notched a win against crosstown foe, Georgia Tech, in a 2017 charity exhibition known as the 'A-Town Showdown for Hurricane Relief'.
Head coaching record
|IUPUI Jaguars (NAIA Independent) (1994–1998)|
|1994–95||IUPUI||16–13||Second Round NAIA Great Lakes Region|
|IUPUI Jaguars (Mid-Continent Conference/The Summit League) (1998–2011)|
|2002–03||IUPUI||20–14||10–4||2nd||NCAA Round of 64|
|IUPUI:||274–219 (.556)||114–86 (.570)|
|Georgia State Panthers (Colonial Athletic Association) (2011–2013)|
|2011–12||Georgia State||22–12||11–7||5th||CIT Second round|
|Georgia State Panthers (Sun Belt Conference) (2013–present)|
|2013–14||Georgia State||25–9||17–1||1st||NIT First Round|
|2014–15||Georgia State||25–10||15–5||1st||NCAA Round of 32|
|2016–17||Georgia State||20–13||12–6||2nd||CIT First Round|
|2017–18||Georgia State||24–11||12–6||2nd||NCAA Round of 64|
|Georgia State:||160–92 (.635)||92–44 (.676)|
Postseason invitational champion
*18 wins (including 8 conference wins) vacated by NCAA.
Hunter and his wife, Amy, have two children: Jasmine and R. J.
- Ron Hunter leaves IUPUI to be coach at Georgia State - ESPN
- "IUPUI coach will roam sidelines barefoot to help charity". ESPN.com. 2008. Retrieved January 23, 2008.
- Cooper, Sam (March 19, 2015). "Dramatic R. J. Hunter 3-pointer gives Georgia State upset over Baylor (Video)". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
- Holmes, Mike. "Panthers ToP EWU 68-50; Hunter Earns 400TH Career Win". GeorgiaStateSports.com. Georgia State University. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- Holmes, Mike. "11 IN A ROW! GSU EARNS FIRST WIN AT VCU, 55-53". GeorgiaStateSports.com. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
- Bradley, Mark. "Georgia State beats UGA by 24, and it was no upset". AJC.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
- "Georgia State scores dramatic upset of Alabama". AJC.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
- "PANTHERS TOP TECH 65-58 IN 'A-TOWN SHOWDOWN'". GeorgiaStateSports.com. Georgia State University. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
- 2014-15 IUPUI Record Book, p. 6.