Ron Hunter, IUPUI Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Ron Hunter enters his 16th season as head coach of Indiana-University — Purdue University (IUPUI), located in downtown Indianapolis. Hunter played for the MAC powerhouse Miami of Ohio during the mid-1980’s, graduating with a master’s degree in 1987.
He started his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During his six years at U-WM, Hunter helped transition the team from NCAA DII status, to Division 1 — an experience that would come in very handy when he got to IUPUI. After Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Hunter spent a season back at Miami (OH) working as the team’s top assistant before coming to Indianapolis to become the Jaguars head man in 1994. Of course, they were known as the Metro’s back then, and IUPUI was still a NAIA Division II basketball participant.
Under Hunter’s watchful eye, the school made the transition to DI basketball, and after a few tough seasons, have become a top contender in the Summit League, and a respected squad on the Indianapolis basketball scene.
Hunter is a two time winner of the Summit League Coach of the Year Award, and he’s the Jaguars all-time leader in wins (233). His biggest accomplishment on the court was guiding IUPUI to the NCAA tournament in 2003. The Jaguars lost by 31 points to Kentucky in the first round, but the appearance, coupled with Hunter’s media savvy), bolstered the program’s national profile,
In January of 2008, Hunter coached a game in his bare feet to raise awareness for the charity Samaritan’s Feet; an organization which collects shoes for impoverished children. The resulting media awareness helped to raise nearly three times the anticipated amount of 40,000 pairs of shoes. Coach Hunter continues to be heavily involved with the charity.
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