Coach Ron Hunter

In four seasons, Ron Hunter has changed the national perception of Georgia State; winning 87 games (the most in any four-year stretch in program history) and advancing to the postseason three teams. Hunter is now responsible for three of the four winningest seasons in program history and half of the school's post season appearances.

After winning the Sun Belt regular season title for the second straight season in 2014-15, the Panthers claimed the tournament title, just the third for the program to advance to the NCAA tournament. In the postgame celebration, Hunter tore his Achillies, a clip that went viral across the nation.

Coaching in the NCAA tournament from a stool, the Panthers trailed by 12 with 2:53 to play, before mounting a furious 13-0 run, capped by a 30-foot 3-pointer from son R.J. that sent Hunter off his stool and became one of the most watched clips of the tournament and a part of 'One Shining Moment.'

Although successful in his first two seasons at the helm, the Panthers started to pile up the wins during the 2013-14 season. Winning 25 games, second most in school history, Georgia State earned a Sun Belt regular season championship and an appearance in the Postseason NIT. During the season, the Panthers won a school-record 14-straight games, including a stretch of 22 of 23, as Hunter was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year and NABC Region 24 Coach of the Year.

While leading IUPUI to 25 or more wins in two of his final four seasons, Hunter began to partner with Samaritan’s Feet. On Jan. 24, 2008, he coached IUPUI against Oakland in his bare feet to help raise awareness for the cause. By tipoff , Hunter's efforts had garnered more than 100,000 pairs of shoes, and to date, that number has climbed well into the millions.

Hunter's resume includes numerous national honors including an NABC Guardians of the Game Pillar Award for Service, the 2009 Giant Steps Award from the National Consortium for Academics and Sport (NCAS), and a Minority Achievement Award from the Center for Leadership Development (CLD). He was one of seven head coaches who served on the Division I Basketball Academic Enhancement Group, as appointed by late NCAA President Myles Brand, and he is a member of the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) Board of Directors. He was honored by the American Diabeties Association this past May as its Father of the Year and a week later earned the Positive Collegiate Coach of the Year at the Georgia Positive Athlete Awards.

Hunter and his wife, Amy, have two children, Jasmine (26) and R.J. (21), who entered the NBA Draft following the 2015- 16 season.

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