Cliff Hunt enters his 11th season as the head coach of the Lake Erie College men’s basketball team in 2015-16 and is already the all-time winningest coach in program history. His teams are responsible for just about every team record in the history books, including most wins in a season (25) and fewest losses in a season (3). Under his direction, the Storm made its only two NCAA Tournament appearances, most recently competing in the second round during the 2006-07 season. His teams also earned the only two Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) championships – both regular season and tournament, in program history with back-to-back titles in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
The team's 84-76 victory over Ashland University in the 2011-12 season finale was the 100th of his college coaching career. He has compiled an overall record of 108-107 (.502), which is the best winning percentage of any coach in the program’s 24 seasons. He was voted AMCC Coach of the Year in 2006 and was also honored that same year and the following one at the NABC Champions Awards.
Prior to Lake Erie, Hunt spent a total of 24 years as a head coach in the high school ranks at West Geauga and Perry. A former Associated Press Ohio High School Coach of the Year, Hunt went 356-194 in his high school career, leading his teams to 11 sectional championships, eight conference championships, four district championships, two regional championships and two state runner-up finishes. He holds the record for most coaching victories at both Perry and West Geauga High Schools, where his teams won 33 consecutive regular season games and an AP Poll championship.
He was voted conference coach of the year eight times, Great Lakes District Coach of the Year five times, Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year four times and was an Ohio Associated Press Coach of the Year. He’s also coached in several all-star games, including the Ohio North-South game, has spoken at numerous coaching clinics and been published in Hooplines Magazine.
A 1969 graduate of Hiram College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology education, he was a four-year letter winner and two-time captain and most valuable player in both basketball and track. He has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at both Hiram and his high school alma mater of Strongsville. Hunt also has a master's degree in education from Kent State University and resides in Concord with his wife Pam. They have three children, K.C., Kelly and Chad.
Hunt at Lake Erie
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