Tribe Track and Field Adds Brian Hunter to Coaching Staff
Updated: Tuesday 08/10/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William and Mary’s interim Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Stephen Walsh announced the hiring of Chesapeake-native Brian Hunter today to post of assistant coach with both the men's and women's teams.  In his new role, Hunter will be responsible for overseeing the Tribe’s pole vaulters, high jumpers, and horizontal jumpers.  He will also assist with recruiting and administrative duties for the College’s national-class track and field programs.

"Brian will be a huge addition to the William and Mary Track and Field family," said Walsh. "His expertise with the jumps, especially the pole vault, will be a great addition to the program. Most importantly, Brian’s passion for the sport and energy that he brings everyday hopefully will be contagious with our athletes. I am very excited to work with Brian this year and to see what he can develop with the jump group that saw several great performances last year."

Hunter has been coaching at the high school and collegiate levels for nearly 10 years, including stints on staff at Texas and West Point.  Most recently, he was the pole vault coach at Grassfield High in Chesapeake, where he had six district qualifiers, four regional qualifiers, and one state qualifier.  Hunter has also served as the Head Tutor/Mentor for Math and Sciences in the Texas athletic department.  Off the track, he was a mentor/tutor with the Austin, Texas, Boys and Girls Club, and has worked for numerous companies as a chemical engineer.  His areas of expertise include (but are not limited to) biotechnology, robotics & automation, materials engineering, x-ray metrology, and FT-IR/VUV/UV-Vis spectroscopy.

Hunter’s athletic credentials are impeccable, with tremendous success both in the state of the Virginia and nationally.  He graduated from Great Bridge in 1997 after winning three Virginia AAA state championships, but that was merely a prelude to his great college career.  First at Virginia Tech, he won three Atlantic-10 championships and took third at the NCAA indoor championships in 2000.  Later that summer, he was seventh at the Olympic Trials.  Hunter then transferred to Texas, where he earned three-more All-America awards and won the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championship with a career-best vault of 5.70 meters (18-8.25).  He qualified for his second Olympic Trials in 2004.

Hunter is coaching-certified by both the National Pole Vault Coaches Association and the National Pole Vault Safety Board, and is a member of USA Track and Field and the American Tae Kwon Do Association.  He graduated from Texas in 2003 with a degree in chemical engineering.  Hunter and his wife, Tenisha, are the proud parents of young Ethan.

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