Compete. Ron Hunter, two-time Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year, is the former head coach of the of IUPUI men’s basketball.
A favorite among local and national media thanks to his lighthearted demeanor off the court, Hunter set a new standard of excellence for the IUPUI basketball program and is widely known for his fiercely competitive nature.
He became IUPUI’s winningest first-year coach in 1994-95, and thanks to his team’s success over the last nine seasons, has raised the national exposure of both the university and the basketball program. 2009-10 marked his 16th season as head coach. He is also IUPUI’s career leader in coaching wins, winning percentage, and games on the sideline.
While at IUPUI, Hunter has focused on in-state talent, and 19 of his players have gone on to play professionally in the United States and overseas. But his impact extends off the court—to ensure that his players are active in the community, he arranges visits to local hospitals and elementary schools and organizes annual summer youth basketball camps. IUPUI Director of Athletics Michael Moore said, “His hard work in the community and on the court has made him one of the most recognizable individuals in Indianapolis. The result has been a major asset to both the university in general and Jaguars’ Athletics in particular.”
During IUPUI’s 2003 NCAA Tournament season, Hunter made national appearances on ESPN’s SportsCenter and Fox Sports The Best Damn Sports Show. He was one of seven head coaches on the Division 1 Basketball Academic Enhancement Group and is currently on the NABC Board of Directors. He was recognized by the Black Coaches’ Association with a 2003 Images in Excellence Award and was recently awarded the Indiana Pathfinders Award.
Hunter earned his bachelorís and masterís degrees from Miami University (Ohio) where he was a standout player, averaging 9.5 points and nearly three rebounds a game as a senior. His coaching career began in 1987 at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He later was the top assistant coach at his alma mater for one year prior to his arrival at IUPUI.