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CU Congratulates Hunt on Hall of Fame Induction

10/22/2006
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Coach Woody Hunt

Cumberland University congratulates longtime baseball coach Woody Hunt on his recent induction into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Coach Hunt has served on the baseball staff at Cumberland for 30 years, three as an assistant (1978-79, 1981) and then as the head coach since 1982. CU was a two-year school during Hunt's first two seasons and became a four-year institution beginning with the 1984 baseball season.

Over the course of his career, Hunt has compiled 1,193 victories in 27 seasons as head coach at CU and an 1,132-463-3 mark as head coach since 1984. He is one of only six coaches to register more than 1,000 career victories in the NAIA.

"I'm a little overwhelmed," Hunt said of the induction. "There are a lot of very deserving people who are in the Hall of Fame, and it's an honor to be included with such great people."

The Bulldogs have won four district championships, 11 regional championships, 15 Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference and Mid-South Conference regular season championships and four Super Regional championships. Hunt has also led the Bulldogs to 10 NAIA World Series (1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007) and the 2004 NAIA National Championship.

Hunt is a seven-time Southeast Region Coach of the Year (1988, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005 and 2008) and has been a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award four times. Seventy-two of his former players have signed professional baseball contracts, and the program has produced 51 NAIA All-Americans during his tenure.

This marks the fifth Hall of Fame induction. He has previously been inducted into the NAIA, Cumberland, Boyle Count (Ky.) and Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Halls of Fame.

Others inducted during the Feb. 20 event included Sam Bartholomew Jr., Philip Hutcheson, Joe Gilliam Jr. (posthumous), Tommy Owen (posthumous), Andy Nelson, Sarah Ingram, Elliot Perry, Tim Priest, Stan Huntsman and Chip Kell.