Coach Steve Hunter
B.S.ELubbock Christian College, Lubbock, Texas
Master of EducationSul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas
Ed. Specialist/Sec. EdMissouri State University, Springfield, Missouri
Steve Hunter takes over the North Arkansas men’s basketball program following the retirement of the winningest Men's Basketball Pioneer coach ever, Jerry Thomason. Coach Thomason amassed a record 406 wins over 26 years. Coach Hunter completed a highly successful coaching career at the high school level spanning Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. His overall record of 536-254 (.678 winning%) spans 28 years including a Missouri State Champion at Ozark in 2003 and 5 other Final Four appearances. Hunter was a 2009 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee and is the winningest coach (64-21) over 25 years, with 7 titles, in the prestigious Greenwood Blue & Gold Holiday Tournament. Hunter was named the Missouri Basketball Coach of the Year in 1996 & 2003 and has taken three different programs at three different classifications to the Final Four.
Hunter graduated from Glendale High School in Springfield, Missouri. He attended John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, playing both basketball and baseball before graduating from Lubbock Christian College in Lubbock, Texas in 1982. At Lubbock, Hunter was named to the First Team NAIA All-American Baseball Team as a pitcher, compiling a 16-2 record. He received his Master of Education from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, while serving as a graduate assistant in both basketball and baseball in 1986. He continued his education by securing his Educational Specialist/Secondary Education from Missouri State University in 2005. In addition to coaching the past 28 years, he also served as a high school assistant principal and athletic director for over 15 years. His wife, Julie, of 33 years, is an English teacher with 28 years in education. They have three children, Jordan 28, (current volunteer assistant coach), Spencer, 26 and Hayley, 20.