May 3, 2010
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Men's Golf Coach Tommy Hunter was named the BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Hoyas to the league's tournament championship last week.
The Hoyas entered the BIG EAST Tournament seeded 11th of 12 teams and were ranked 211th in the Golfweek ratings. Georgetown shot a tournament-best 2-over par 286 in the second round to take the lead and finished with a 54-hole score of 21-over par 873 to hold on for a one stroke win. It was Georgetown's first BIG EAST Tournament title since 1998.
The Hoyas will next play in the NCAA Tournament - announcements for the event will be held on Monday, May 10 at 6 p.m.
Hunter is completing his 25th season at the helm of the Georgetown men's golf program. He came to the Hilltop in 1979 as the director of intramural sports and special programs and was named the head coach in 1985.
This is the fourth time the Hoyas have advanced to an NCAA Tournament under Hunter. In 1997, the team made its first appearance in the NCAA East Regional Championship Tournament at The Homestead. The 1998 team was the first Hoya golf team ever to capture a BIG EAST Championship, and in 2004, the Hoyas competed in the NCAA East Regional held at Yale Golf Course.
This is the third time that Hunter has been named BIG EAST Coach of the Year. He earned the honor in 1997 and 2004. He was also named the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) District II Coach of the Year in 1997.
Off the golf course, Hunter is an IAABO basketball official, Board #12, serving the interscholastic leagues in the District of Columbia , Montgomery County, Md., and Howard County, Md.. He also is a staff member of the Capitol Conference Basketball League, which is a member of the NCAA Division III.
Hunter grew up in Bethesda, Md., and attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.
On May 17, Georgetown University will honor him for his 25 years of service on the Hilltop with a celebration at the team's home course, The Members Club at Four Streams.