N.C. A&T Names Curtis Hunter Head Basketball Coach
May 12, 2000
GREENSBORO, NC - North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University announced today at a press conference that the Board of Trustees approved Chancellor James C. Renick's recommendation to name Curtis Hunter, head men's basketball coach.
Hunter, who was named interim head coach of the team last year after the resignation of Roy Thomas, has signed a four-year contract with the university, effective June 1.
"We are delighted that Coach Hunter will be our permanent head basketball coach," Chancellor Renick said. "He has proven himself taking a team that was predicted to place ninth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to sixth place.
He is a superb role model for our students and his presence has had a positive impact on our athletics program and university."
"It's exciting to have a new basketball coach without the term interim in front of the name," said Athletics Director, Dr. Alfonso Scandrett, Jr. "Curtis will bring to the Aggie basketball program the experience and expertise to take and maintain the program at the highest of intercollegiate levels."
Hunter, who came to the University in 1997 as the assistant basketball coach, enters his second season as head coach of the Aggies men's basketball team. The Durham, NC native ended the season with a 14-15 record, 11 -8 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
"I don't really have words," said Hunter, "I have been waiting for this day for a while. Now I can concentrate on heading the program in the direction that I want it to go. It is much easier to recruit guys when they know you are stable."
Hunter, who played four years of varsity basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1982-1987, was McDonald's High School All-American in 1982. Parade Magazine also identified him as an All-American that year. As a high school star, he also won the Hertz Number One Award for two consecutive years and made the Junior Olympic All-Star Team in 1982. After receiving his bachelor of arts degree in African Studies and Political Science from UNC, Hunter played professional basketball from 1987 to 1992 in Australia and Manchester, England.
Prior to coining to A&T, Hunter was an assistant coach at Fayetteville State University and also coached women's cross country from 1995 -1997.
Hunter is married to the former Danielle Marie Kirkley and they have a daughter, Sydney.