Pepperdine def. BYU 3-2. (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
David Hunt returns to the Pepperdine sideline for his eighth season as an assistant coach in 2016-17. He has worked with the men’s volleyball team for nine seasons overall.
This year, Hunt earned national acclaim as an assistant with his second American Volleyball Coaches’ Association 30 Under 30 award. The first was garnered in 2010.
Also in the summer of 2016, Hunt once again joined the national coaching ranks with the U.S. Women’s National Team and will help lead Team USA in the 2016 Olympic Games. He first earned a spot on the sideline in 2014 and has continued to excel in a leadership position under legendary coach Karch Kiraly. The 2016 Olympic Games begin on August 5 and run through August 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the 2016 season with the Waves, Hunt helped the team to a 13-11 overall record and 12-10 record within Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. He coached the team to a 7-5 record at home and a 6-6 record on foreign soil.
“He is one of the best young coaches is our sport,” praised head coach Marv Dunphy upon Hunt’s return. “He teaches well, scouts well, recruits well and is great to work with. We are lucky to have him.”
Following the 2013 collegiate campaign, Hunt resigned from his post to serve as an assistant coach for the Japanese Men’s National Team. Hunt was hired by Gary Sato, a former coach for both the Pepperdine men’s and women’s squads.
While Hunt was in Japan, the team moved up two spots in the FIVB World Rankings and earned its first FIVB World League win in over two years.
He returned to the Pepperdine sideline just prior to the start of the 2014 collegiate campaign.
Before being elevated to the role of assistant coach prior to the 2010 season, he was Pepperdine’s video coordinator and a volunteer assistant the previous two years. As a full-time assistant, his duties include film exchange, preparing scouting reports, recruiting, travel and summer camps.
In 2010, he received the AVCA’s Thirty Under 30 award, given to standout volleyball coaches under the age of 30.
In his six seasons as an assistant, the Waves put together a record of 98-65 (.601)*.
Hunt’s coaching expertise has also been extended to the USA Volleyball community. In 2014, Hunt was picked as head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team as they battled at the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Under Hunt’s leadership, Team USA was dominant, posting four shut-out victories to punch its ticket into the 2014 FIVB World Championship.
Hunt later helped the U.S. Women’s National Team make history in October 2014. He served as a consultant coach during Team USA’s gold-medal run at the FIVB World Championships in Italy. It was the U.S. women’s first-ever gold medal at any major tournament, including the World Championships, World Cup and Olympic Games.
He was again given the reins to the national team in 2015, when selected to coach Team USA at the Pan American Cup in Lima, Peru.
He traveled to Tijuana, Mexico in July 2012 as an assistant coach for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team where the squad won the bronze medal at the NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship and qualified for the 2013 FIVB Youth World Championships.
In the summer of 2011, he worked as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB World Championships in Brazil. The squad earned its highest-ever finish with a fourth-place showing.
In the fall of 2008, Hunt was selected to travel with the U.S. Men’s National Team to the Pan American Cup in Cuiaba, Brazil, where he was the technical coordinator.
Prior to joining Pepperdine, Hunt worked at Harvard-Westlake High School as an assistant to former Pepperdine assistant coach Adam Black. The pair led the team to a state championship in 2007. Hunt has also coached at the Marv Dunphy Volleyball Camp, and has participated in Gold Medal Squared coaching clinics across the United States since 2007.
Hunt graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history. A native of Glendale, Calif., he earned his master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia in 2011.
*Pepperdine later vacated all wins (66), NCAA Tournament losses (1), MPSF Tournament Championships (1) and NCAA Tournament appearances (1) accrued during the 2008, ‘09, ‘10 and ‘11 seasons due to self-reported NCAA violations. Records marked with an asterisk do not reflect this. Pepperdine’s official NCAA all-time record prior to the 2016 season is 686-350, while Marv Dunphy’s official NCAA record at Pepperdine is 523-253 overall. Pepperdine’s official conference record is 482-270 and its official MPSF record is 277-153. The Waves have officially won three MPSF Tournament titles and made 14 NCAA appearances. Official season records are as follows: 2008, 0-10; 2009, 0-5; 2010, 0-10; 2011, 0-15.