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Virginia Hunt (1962-1976)

Geraldine Toops & Virginia Hunt, 1962-63

Geraldine Toops & Virginia Hunt (right), 1962-63

Virgina "Ginny" Hunt arrived at the College of Wooster in 1962, becoming part of a trio of women (including Maria Sexton and Nan Nichols) who would start varsity athletics at the college. 

Initially, Hunt was an Instructor in the Women's Physical Education Department, but in 1964, the departments for Men's and Women's Physical Education were combined for the first time under Robert Bruce.  Ginny rose very quickly within the department to Assistant Professor in 1965 and Associate Professor in 1970.

When Ginny Hunt arrived, there were already viable club teams in basketball, field hockey, and volleyball that were supported by the Women's Athletic Association, a student run and student funded organization.  Although she had played basketball in college, it was decided that Nan Nichols would head coach the women's team as it moved to varsity status in the winter of 1965.  However, Hunt would coach the first varsity field hockey team in the fall of 1965 and the first varsity volleyball team in the fall of 1967. 

 

Varsity Field Hockey Action Shot, Linda Fullhart, 1971

Coach Hunt (left) Officiates while Linda Fullhart Lines up a Drive, 1971-1972

In 1970, Ginny Hunt would serve as the First Director of Athletics for Women at Wooster.  Hunt would also serve as the acting chair of the Department of Physical Education from 1973-1974. She was believed to have been the very first woman to head both a men's and women's department at that time.

Toward the end of her tenure at Wooster, Hunt took several leaves to work on her PH.D. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Finally, on March 15, 1976, she resigned from the college in order to complete her degree and move on to work in Division I.


 

Volleyball Team Gathers Around Coach Hunt During Practice, 1973

Coach Ginny Hunt (second left) Shares a Laugh with her Volleyball Team, 1973-1974

Ginny Hunt would serve as the Associate Athletic Director at the University of Michigan from 1976 to 1977.  She then went on to Montana State in Bozeman, where she served as Women's Athletic Director from 1977 until 1993. There she helped start the Montana West Athletic Conference and later served on the Women's Committee of the Big Sky Conference.

In 1985, Dr. Virginia Hunt was inducted into the W Association Hall of Fame at the College of Wooster. In addition, she was selected to the Montana State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. That same year, Hunt was further honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Adminnistrators (NACWAA).  In 2015, the College of Wooster Volleyball program honored Hunt by naming their annual tournament after her, the Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic.  In addition, Montana State named one of their annual student-athlete awards after her.

Giny Hunt currently resides in Bozeman, Montana.