Interim Director of Track and Field Tim Springfield announced the hiring of assistant coach Ken Hunt on Monday, completing his coaching staff. Hunt, a veteran Division I coach with stints at Louisiana State, Georgia Southern, Southern Illinois and Marquette, will coach the horizontal and vertical jumping events and multi-events.
"I'm pleased to announce the hiring of Ken Hunt," said Springfield. "He brings a wealth of experience with him, both as an athlete and a coach. He's a high-energy person and very technically minded. I'm confident that he will lead his event group to new heights."
In addition to Springfield, who coaches the men's distance runners, the track and field coaching staff now consists of Mitchell Baker (women's cross country / distance), J.J. Riese (sprints / hurdles), and Darcy Wilson (throws). "I'm very pleased with the staff that we have put together this fall," said Springfield. "We have a very knowledgeable and hard-working group of coaches and I'm looking forward to a great future."
Hunt spent the 2011-2012 season at LSU, having a hand in the team's NCAA National Outdoor Track Championship and 12 NCAA Individual Qualifiers. Prior to his year at LSU, Hunt coached the sprints, hurdles and jumps at Georgia Southern University. During the 2010 season, his event group won four individual titles and scored 163 of the team's 184 points at the Southern Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships. As a result, Hunt was a finalist for the 2010 NCAA Southeastern Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
At Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Hunt's athletes set SIUE records in the pentathlon, long jump and pole vault. Hunt was also an assistant track and field coach at Marquette University. During his two years with the Golden Eagles, Hunt coached 10 Big East qualifiers and 4 NCAA Regional qualifiers.
"I know that Ken will be a great recruiter for us as well as a great coach," said Springfield. "He has an infectious enthusiasm for track and field."
Prior to his career in college coaching, Hunt led the track program at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee. In his four years as head coach at Rufus King, Hunt coached 100 all-conference athletes, 20 state champions and 15 all-state athletes. He built the team from an initial roster of 45 to more than 150 participants.
Hunt competed collegiately for UW-Milwaukee, where he set the Horizon League indoor and outdoor triple jump records.
Hunt has a bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee in History and a USATF Level 2 coaching certificate for jumps. He lives with his wife LaTricea McClendon-Hunt in North Providence.