Hunter To Western Carolina

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, NC State assistant Larry Hunter will be announced as Western Carolina's new head basketball coach at a noon press conference today.

Asheville Citizen-Times: Catamounts to name Hunter as new coach

CULLOWHEE - N.C. State associate head coach Larry Hunter will be introduced as Western Carolina University's new head men's basketball coach during a press conference at noon on Friday.

Reached by phone Thursday evening, Hunter said: "Really, I can't talk about that (the WCU job) right now. I'm in the middle of dinner. But you are aware of the press conference tomorrow? I'll be more than happy to talk to you about anything you want to then."


Hunter joined the Wolfpack staff in May of 2001 after serving as a head coach for 25 years. He was named the Wolfpack's Associate Head Coach in August of 2002.

Hunter, whose teams posted winning records in 23 of his 25 seasons as a head coach, boasts an overall record of 509-224 and ranked as the 16th-winningest active coach in the country at the conclusion of the 2001 campaign.

As a head coach, Hunter made 12 NCAA tournament appearances. He spent 12 years at Ohio University, where he was the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 1993-94 after winning the regular season and tournament titles. At Ohio, he coached 16 All-MAC performers, five conference players of the year and four first-team Academic All-MAC selections at Ohio. Thirty of the 38 players he coached at Ohio who completed their eligibility there graduated and he posted an overall graduation rate as a head coach of 85%.

In his last season at Ohio, the Bobcats were 19-11, with a 12-6 mark in MAC competition, and his overall record with the Bobcats was 204-148.

Hunter would be replacing Steve Shurina at Western Carolina, who was 48-97 in five seasons at the Southern Conference school and 8-22 in 2004-2005.

NC State media relations contributed to this story

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