Ron Hunter

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Ron Hunter
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamGeorgia State
ConferenceSun Belt
Record160–92
Biographical details
Born (1964-04-07) April 7, 1964 (age 54)
Dayton, Ohio
Playing career
1982–1986Miami (OH)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1987–1993Milwaukee (assistant)
1993–1994Miami (OH) (assistant)
1994–2011IUPUI
2011–presentGeorgia State
Head coaching record
Overall434–311
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Summit League Tournament (2003)
Summit League regular season (2006)
Sun Belt regular season (2014, 2015)
Sun Belt Tournament (2015, 2018)
Awards
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.

High school[edit]

Hunter attended and played for Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio from 1978 to 1982.

Coaching career[edit]

IUPUI[edit]

From 1994 to 2011, Hunter served as the head coach at IUPUI.[1] 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.[2]

Georgia State[edit]

On March 21, 2011, it was announced Hunter would replace Rod Barnes as the Georgia State Panthers' men's basketball head coach.[1] 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.[3]

On November 20, 2017, in a win over Eastern Washington, Hunter earned his 400th career win.[4]

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),[5] #16 Baylor (2015), Georgia (2018)[6] and Alabama (2018).[7] Hunter also notched a win against crosstown foe, Georgia Tech, in a 2017 charity exhibition known as the 'A-Town Showdown for Hurricane Relief'.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
IUPUI Jaguars (NAIA Independent) (1994–1998)
1994–95 IUPUI 16–13 Second Round NAIA Great Lakes Region
1995–96 IUPUI 22–7
1996–97 IUPUI 16–11
1997–98 IUPUI 17–9
IUPUI Jaguars (Mid-Continent Conference/The Summit League) (1998–2011)
1998–99 IUPUI 11–16 6–8 6th
1999–00 IUPUI 7–21 4–12 8th
2000–01 IUPUI 11–18 6–10 6th
2001–02 IUPUI 15–15 6–8 6th
2002–03 IUPUI 20–14 10–4 2nd NCAA Round of 64
2003–04 IUPUI 3–11* 2–6* 2nd
2004–05 IUPUI 16–13 9–7 4th
2005–06 IUPUI 19–10 13–3 T–1st
2006–07 IUPUI 15–15 7–7 4th
2007–08 IUPUI 26–7 15–3 2nd
2008–09 IUPUI 16–14 9–9 4th
2009–10 IUPUI 25–11 15–3 2nd CBI Quarterfinals
2010–11 IUPUI 19–14 12–6 3rd
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
2012–13 Georgia State 15–16 10–8 5th
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
2015–16 Georgia State 16–14 9–11 6th
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
2018–19 Georgia State 18–8 9–4
Georgia State: 160–92 (.635) 92–44 (.676)
Total: 428–311 (.579)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*18 wins (including 8 conference wins) vacated by NCAA.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Hunter and his wife, Amy, have two children: Jasmine and R. J.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ron Hunter leaves IUPUI to be coach at Georgia State - ESPN
  2. ^ "IUPUI coach will roam sidelines barefoot to help charity". ESPN.com. 2008. Retrieved January 23, 2008.
  3. ^ Cooper, Sam (March 19, 2015). "Dramatic R. J. Hunter 3-pointer gives Georgia State upset over Baylor (Video)". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Holmes, Mike. "Panthers ToP EWU 68-50; Hunter Earns 400TH Career Win". GeorgiaStateSports.com. Georgia State University. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  5. ^ Holmes, Mike. "11 IN A ROW! GSU EARNS FIRST WIN AT VCU, 55-53". GeorgiaStateSports.com. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Bradley, Mark. "Georgia State beats UGA by 24, and it was no upset". AJC.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Georgia State scores dramatic upset of Alabama". AJC.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  8. ^ "PANTHERS TOP TECH 65-58 IN 'A-TOWN SHOWDOWN'". GeorgiaStateSports.com. Georgia State University. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  9. ^ 2014-15 IUPUI Record Book, p. 6.

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