Hunt steps down as men's coach at Towson

Sources say he's candidate for Miami assistant job

College Basketball

April 15, 2004|By Mike Klingaman | Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF

Michael Hunt resigned yesterday as men's basketball coach at Towson University, telling school officials he was leaving to pursue other coaching opportunities.

Hunt, 43, could not be reached to comment last night, but sources said he is a leading candidate for an assistant's job at Miami. Hunt and new Miami coach Frank Haith have had a long relationship, the sources said.

Hunt had only one year left on his contract, something that could have hurt his recruiting efforts this year as he hadn't gotten an extension yet. In addition, school sources said the team still has at least two scholarships remaining for next season.

Hunt's teams compiled a 23-63 record in his three years.

Towson became the fourth Division I college in Maryland seeking a new head coach within the past five weeks. In March, Loyola College fired Scott Hicks, Tom Sullivan stepped down at UMBC, and UMES decided not to renew the contract of Thomas Trotter. All three have been replaced.

Towson officials plan an immediate search for a successor to Hunt, who piloted the Tigers to an 8-21 record last season in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Hunt's time at Towson was his second tour there. A graduate of Furman University (S.C.), he was an assistant from 1990 to 1994, when the Tigers won three league championships and made two appearances in the NCAA tournament. Hunt then served as an assistant at Fordham University, Tennessee and Georgia before taking the head coaching job at Towson in 2001, replacing the fired Mike Jaskulski.

Hunt made news quickly. In December 2001, he was involved in a post-game altercation with Tamir Goodman, one of Towson's best-known players. Goodman alleged the coach abused him verbally and kicked a stool that hit the player's shin. Goodman left the team. Hunt was not disciplined.

Towson's last winning season came in 1995-96, when the Tigers finished 16-12 under Terry Truax. The coach who replaces Hunt will be the team's fourth in eight seasons.

Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

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