Former Chaminade-Julienne High School and Miami University standout Ron Hunter is now the head basketball coach at Tulane University.
Hunter accepted the job with Tulane last week. He departs Georgia State with a 171-95 record and three appearances in the NCAA tournament in the past five years, including this season. Tulane was 4-27 this season and lost all 18 games in the American Athletic Conference. The Green Wave last played in the NCAA Tournament in 1995.
“I hope you guys are with me,” Hunter told Green Wave players in his first meeting. “I’m going to the (NCAA) tournament. If y’all don’t want to go, then that’s okay. I’ll take me and my wife and the president. Someone is going to the NCAA Tournament and playing. I’m used to that, and I want you guys to be a part of that.”
Hunter compiled a 274-219 record over 17 seasons at IUPUI, leading the school’s ascent from NAIA to NCAA Division I. His IUPUI teams reached the Big Dance once in 2003.
His team won 22 games in his first season at Georgia State, which was 2011-2012. Over eight campaigns, Hunter’s Panthers won 20 or more games six times, including a 24-10 mark this season.
Hunter was also an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), where he played, and Milwaukee. He replaces Mike Dunleavy, who was let go earlier this month after three seasons with the Green Wave.