Longtime CU assistant, former player
GALLATIN -- Longtime Cumberland assistant baseball coach Ryan Hunt has accepted the head coaching job at Volunteer State Community College.
Hunt who coached under his father, CU's Hall of Fame coach Woody Hunt, is expected to sign his contract later this week and meet with his new team Sunday.
The VSCC position opened in the fall with some 200 coaches making formal application for the spot.
"I feel very grateful and blessed for this opportunity," Ryan Hunt said Tuesday afternoon.
"I've lived in Sumner County since the summer of 2004, my wife and her family and all from Gallatin, this couldn't be a better fit for me.
"I've wanted to be a head coach for maybe 10 years and I've been close a couple of times. I think I see now why those other opportunities didn't work out. This has been a part of God's plan. I was meant to be at Vol State.
"I told (VSCC athletic director) Bobby Hudson during the interview process that Vol State was my dream job. Now that dream has come true."
In 13 seasons as an assistant at CU, Ryan Hunt was part of three NAIA National Championships, four Super Regional titles and five regional championships.
The younger Hunt has coached 20 NAIA All-Americans and 22 players who signed professional contracts during the previous 13 seasons.
Hunt graduated from Cumberland with a bachelor's in Physical Education in 2003 and earned a master's in Education in 2007.
The Lebanon native was a four-year starter at second base at Lebanon High School from 1993-96, earning All-District honors as a sophomore and senior and All-Midstate Honorable Mention as a sophomore.
He is married to the former Melissa Lauper of Gallatin. The couple has two daughters Rylee and Lyla Noelle.