ATLANTA – Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter, who previously led IUPUI for 17 successful seasons, will be inducted into the Jaguars’ Hall of Fame Class of 2019 in February.
Hunter, who is now in his eighth year leading Georgia State, guided IUPUI basketball from 1994-2011 and remains the program's all-time leader in wins (275), winning percentage (.557), games coached (494), winning seasons (11) and 20-win seasons (4).
Hunter has since become the all-time wins leader in Georgia State history, recently recording his 150th win with the program last week.
He guided IUPUI from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I status prior to the 1998-99 season. He also led IUPUI to its only NCAA Division I NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003, leading the Jaguars to a 20-14 mark while winning the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. Led by future NBA’er George Hill, Hunter's 2007-08 team won a school record 26 games. Two years later, his team went 25-11 and collected the program's first-ever Division I postseason win, winning on the road in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. He was a two-time Summit League Coach of the Year and was largely the face of the program throughout his tenure.
Earlier this season, Hunter was inducted into the Miami University Cradle of Coaches. Hunter played for Miami in the early 1980s helping the squad win two Mid-American Conference titles while making three straight NCAA Tournaments. It was in his time at the Oxford school that he got his first idea to coach.
Hunter got both his bachelors and master’s degrees from Miami and it’s where he began his coaching career – as a grad assistant on Jerry Pierson’s staff – before later becoming an assistant coach under Herb Sendek.
“It is a true honor to be a part of the IUPUI Hall of Fame Class of 2019,” Hunter said. “My 17 years in Indianapolis will always mean a lot to both myself and my family. I still have so many friends at both IUPUI and around the Indianapolis area. I am thankful to the IUPUI administration and all of those who made this possible.”
Hunter came to Georgia State in March 2011 and has continued to win. In seven-plus seasons he has led Georgia State to 152 wins. The Panthers have finished no worse than second in the Sun Belt Conference in four of the last five years.
Last year he led the Panthers to the Sun Belt Conference Championship after finishing as the runner-up during the regular season.
The Panthers finished the year 24-11 including a 10-game winning streak during conference play. Hunter is responsible for three of the four winningest seasons in program history.
Off the court, Hunter has worked with Samaritan’s Feet for the last 11 years to raise awareness for the 300 million children around the world who wake up barefoot every day. He has coached one game a season barefoot and brought his Georgia State teams to Spain, South Africa, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic to distribute hope and shoes to children.
The three-member IUPUI Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will officially be inducted on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in a ceremony at the downtown Indianapolis Marriott.
After a road win at Tulane on Wednesday, Georgia State will return to the road to face Liberty on Saturday. Tip is set for 6 p.m., from Lynchburg, Va.