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

The Pioneers completed the 2017-18 campaign with a record of 19-11.  Ranked as high as 7th in the NJCAA National Poll early in the season, the young squad was victorious in 11 of its first 12 games; including two home wins vs. NJCAA Division I schools.  Scoring an average of 100.2 ppg on the season, the Pioneers had 4 average in double figures led by All-American Kamari Balton at 21.7 ppg. 

The 2018-19 season returns 2 starters in the versatile Deontei Johnson (6’4” sophomore) who was 2nd in 5 statistical categories and three point specialist 6’2” sophomore Kody Gilliland (80 3’s @39.4%).  Other returnees include sharpshooter Garrett Kesterton (6’4 Sophomore) who missed half the season to an injury and 6’4” bookends Roberto Galvin and Mitch Closser, who will be expected to expand their roles both on the court and off as they welcome 14 freshmen to the squad.

Coach Hunter enters his fifth season at the helm with an overall record of 85-40 (.680%) and is the second winningest coach in Pioneer history behind only Jerry Thomason’s 26 year career.  Pioneer Pavilion has proven to be a tough place to play for opponents as the Pioneers are 47-11 the past 4 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 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 37 years and have three adult children; Jordan (5th year North Arkansas Assistant) Spencer, and Hayley.


Head Coach Steve Hunter

Jordan HunterAssistant Coach Jordan Hunter