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Former NBA Champion Struggles in First Season as Head Coach at a D1 Program

Lindsey Hunter had a successful career in the NBA, winning two championships. Now, the former NBA guard is in the college world as a head coach.

Hunter was named the head coach at Mississippi Valley State University during the summer of 2019. He concluded his first season at Mississippi Valley State earlier in March with a win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff 74-71.

Though Hunter’s team won the final game of the season, it was a trying year for Hunter and his squad.

Lindsey Hunter’s NBA career

Lindsey Hunter had the opportunity to play and coach in the NBA. Hunter spent 17 years in the league and played in 937 games. He averaged 8.5 ppg throughout his career. Hunter played for five different teams and won his first title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002. In 2004 he won his second title with the Detroit Pistons.

After his playing career was over, Hunter was named an assistant coach for player development for the Phoenix Suns in 2012. He later was the interim coach for 41 games during the 2013 season.

During the 2013-14 season, he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. Hunter was known for his solid defense and his three-point shot. He was a key player off the bench on both championship teams.

Hunter’s coaching career

After spending a few years as a coach in the league, Hunter switched his focus to college. He became an assistant coach for the University of Buffalo men’s team during the 2016-2017 season. Now, Hunter is back in his home state as a head coach.

Hunter returned to the conference where he was the Freshman of the Year during his one year at Alcorn State University. He finished his college career at Jackson State University and was named the SWAC Player of the Year during his senior year.

Now, Hunter brings a wealth of knowledge to his players at Mississippi Valley State. He even coaches his son, Caleb Hunter, who was named SWAC Freshman of the Year. The team finished the season with a record of 3-27

A struggling first year for Hunter, but he can take what he learned this year and work on getting his team prepared to have a better season next year.

Lindsey Hunter struggles in first year

The team went on a seven-game losing streak to start the season. But one of the bright spots was that Hunter scheduled some good Division I schools at the beginning of the season. Playing those teams early in the season gets you ready for conference play.

Unfortunately, for Hunter’s team, the losing continued in conference play. The team went 3-15 in the conference finishing last.

As Hunter prepares for the offseason, one thing he’ll look forward to is having his son on the team for three more years. As a freshman, Caleb Hunter was second on the team in scoring averaging 15.7 ppg.

Hunter will look for his son to become more of a leader in his second year and become an overall better player.

There’s always something you can take away from a losing season, and Hunter is the type of guy that knows how to make adjustments and put guys in the best position to be successful.