David Hunt Joins Japanese National Team Coaching Staff
Japanese Volleyball Association chooses Gary Sato and David Hunt to lead men's national team.
May 22, 2013
MALIBU, Calif.– After six seasons with the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team, David Hunt will part ways with the Waves to join the Japanese Men’s National Team as an assistant coach. Hunt will work under long-time Pepperdine affiliate Gary Sato, who was hired as the head coach back in February.
Hunt and Sato are the first foreign coaches ever hired by the Japanese Volleyball Association.
“I think it is a great honor to be selected to represent Japan,” said Hunt. “Japan has some athletic, talented young players with bright futures. I appreciate the trust and support of the Japanese Volleyball Association, and their decision to hire foreign coaches.
“I was recently asked about the pressure that is on Gary and myself,” continued Hunt. “I don’t feel it is pressure but rather an honor to represent Japan and challenge to see how good we can be.”
Hunt served as the Waves’ video coordinator and volunteer assistant for two seasons before being promoted to assistant coach prior to the 2010 season.
In his four seasons as an assistant, the Waves put together a record of 55-52.
“I have never worked with anyone who has worked as well or as hard as David, ever,” complimented Pepperdine men’s volleyball head coach Marv Dunphy. “We’re going to miss him a ton, but at the same time now is his time to do something unique and challenging.”
Additionally, Alex Dunphy, who served as an administrative and operations assistant for the Waves, was recently hired as an assistant coach for the Miami (FL) women’s volleyball team.
“I’ll miss her as my daughter,” continued Marv Dunphy, “But I’ll also miss her for the huge load she carried while she was here. It has been her goal to coach at the collegiate level and this is a wonderful opportunity for her.”
In addition to his work with Pepperdine, Hunt’s coaching expertise was also extended to the USA Volleyball community. 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.
“David knows the standards for collegiate and international volleyball,” said Dunphy. “He’s simply a great student of the game. I’m confident he will be a great asset to the Japanese National Team.
Hunt is not the only one with Pepperdine ties on Japan’s coaching staff. Sato was a four-year head coach for the Waves’ women’s volleyball team from 1979-82. He led Pepperdine to a ninth-place finish at AIWA Championships during his first year at the helm, and brought the Waves to their first NCAA Championship in 1981.
In four seasons, Sato accumulated a record of 64-69 (.481) before handing the reigns over to current head coach Nina Matthies.
Sato also has significant ties to the Pepperdine men’s volleyball program and has experience assisting Dunphy in several different arenas. Not only was Sato an assistant coach when the Waves won the NCAA Championship in 1978, he was there again assisting Dunphy on the sidelines when Team USA clinched gold at the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea.
Sato served as head coach for the U.S. Men’s National team when they took gold at the 1985 FIVB World Cup in Japan. He was subsequently voted the Most Valuable Coach of the tournament. In 1992 he returned as assistant coach for the Olympic Team that won the bronze medal.
He continued working with the U.S. National Team through the 2012 London Games.