Head Coach Steve Hunter

StevenHunterB.S.ELubbock Christian College, Lubbock, Texas
Master of EducationSul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas
Ed. Specialist/Sec. EdMissouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

North Arkansas College finished the 2018-19 season with a record of 20-11.  Saddled with significant injuries in the first month of the season, the inexperienced squad limped to a 6-6 start; albeit a road win against an NJCAA Division I school before Christmas.  The Pioneers reeled off 12 wins in their first 14 games the second semester and averaged 98.4ppg on the season, led by Skyler Young (6’6” freshmen) at 15.2ppg 7.3rbpg.  Gone are Garrett Kesterson (6’4” sophomore) who made 109 3’s at 41%, Kody Gilliland (6’2 sophomore) who will continue to play at Mid America Christian, and Jonathan Iliya (6’8 freshman) who transferred to play at Lyon College. 

The 2019-20 Pioneers return two medical red-shirt 6’4 sophomores, Deontei Johnson and Roberto Galvin, who are coming off season-ending knee surgeries in December.  Other returnees who must play significant minutes and leadership roles include Young, 6’1 sophomore Kenny Chambers (12.7ppg 4.4apg), 6’2 sophomore Ian Moore (80% FT, 43 3’s)), 6’2 sophomore Jones Sabastiano, and 6’8’ sophomore Tyreece Winn (41 blocks).  Eleven incoming freshmen and transfers will round out an experienced and talented recruiting class.

On January 27, 2019, Coach Hunter was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.  Coach Hunter and his 5th year assistant, Jordan Hunter, will look to improve on their 105-51(.675%) record heading into their 6th season.  The Pioneers will add the services of former Pioneer, Mitch Closser, for the 2019-20 campaign as a student-assistant, while he completes his nursing degree.

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 Championship in 2003 and five other Final Four Appearances. Hunter was a 2009 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee and Missouri Coach of the Year in 1996 and 2003. 

Steve and his wife Julie have been married for 38 years and have three adult children; Jordan (6th year North Arkansas Assistant) and wife, Janissa, Spencer and wife Laura Ashley, and Hayley. The Hunters have a one-year-old grandson, Blake.


Head Coach Steve Hunter

Jordan HunterAssistant Coach Jordan Hunter