Friday , Apr , 29 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Hunter named men’s hoops coach at Western Carolina

Cullowhee, NC (Sports Network) – Former North Carolina State associate head
coach Larry Hunter was named the new men’s head basketball coach at Western
Carolina University.

Hunter becomes the 17th head coach of the Catamounts and replaces Steve
Shurina, who was assigned to other duties at the school. Western Carolina, a
member of the Southern Conference, struggled to an 8-22 record this past
season and posted just a 48-97 mark in five campaigns under Shurina.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve as head basketball coach
at Western Carolina University,” said Hunter. “My background gives me
familiarity with a program like Western Carolina and a league like the
Southern Conference. For that reason, I feel the university and I are a good
match for each other. I look forward to the challenges of building a
championship program.”

Hunter comes to Western Carolina after spending four years as an assistant at
North Carolina State, including the final three as associate head coach.

In his first season with the Wolfpack (2002), North Carolina State advanced to
the ACC championship game and earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since
1991. The Wolfpack would go on to reach at least the ACC Tournament semifinals
in each of the last three years as well as gain a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to his stint at North Carolina State, Hunter served 12 years (1989-2001)
as head coach at Ohio University. Five years after taking over the Bobcats’
program, he guided Ohio to a 25-8 record and was named the Mid-American
Conference Coach of the Year.