Austin College coach honored
A longtime Division III women’s basketball coach will be honored by her Division I alma mater in January when Minnesota hangs a banner with Deb Hunter’s jersey number from the rafters of Williams Arena.
Hunter, who wore No. 13 in leading the Golden Gophers to their first national postseason tournament appearances, will be joined by teammates during the January 18 ceremony.
“Words cannot even explain what this means to me,” said Hunter, who played at Minnesota from 1979 to 1983 and now is head coach at Austin College.
“When (Minnesota coach) Pam Borton called with the news, I cried. That banner may go up with my name on it, but it represents the four teams I played on.”
Hunter, twice named the Golden Gophers’ most valuable player as a point guard, led the 1981-82 team to the quarterfinals of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national tournament and earned honorable mention all-American honors. She also was a member of the first all-Big Ten Conference team in women’s basketball.
She still holds career records for assists and steals.
Hunter has served as a head coach for 19 seasons, starting at Bethel (Minnesota), where she led teams to three straight Division III Women’s Basketball Championship appearances beginning in 1994. She also served as women’s athletics director at the school.
Following a two-year stint at Colorado College, she moved to Austin, where she is beginning her 10th year.
“Austin College is quite fortunate to have someone of Deb’s caliber on its staff,” said Tim Millerick, the school’s vice president for student affairs and athletics. “As evidenced by the action taken by the University of Minnesota, she is someone who played at a very high level in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics, but has dedicated her coaching career to NCAA Division III student-athletes.”
Millerick called Hunter “a role model for our student-athletes as well as the staff.”
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