One of the greatest players in SWAC basketball history is headed back to the conference as head coach.
Former Jackson State star and NBA player/coach Lindsey Hunter has been named the new head coach of Mississippi Valley State, the school announced on Saturday.
“I am elated to welcome Coach Lindsey Hunter and his family back to the Oasis of the Mississippi Delta and the SWAC,” MVSU Director of Athletics Dianthia Ford-Kee. “I am excited about his energy, vision, and most importantly the impact he will have on our program.”
Hunter, who most recently served as an assistant coach on the University of Buffalo coaching staff during the 2016-17 season, will be formally introduced on May 1, 2019, with a press conference on the campus of MVSU.
“I look forward to Coach Hunter joining us here at MVSU,” said Dr. Jerryl Briggs, President, Mississippi Valley State University. “His wealth of experience as a player and coach is vital and will definitely assist the continued growth for our men’s basketball program. We are surely keeping Valley in Motion!”
The Mississippi native spent his college career torching the SWAC in general and Valley in particular. He started his career at Alcorn State, earning Rookie of The Year honors in 1989 before transfering to JSU. Hunter averaged 26.7 points per game as a senior and he was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He led Jackson State to an upset of UConn in the 1993 Postseason NIT before going on to being a lottery pick.
Hunter spent a total of 15 years in the league, collecting two NBA titles, one with the Lakers in 2001-02 and another with the Pistons in 2003-04. He later served as interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns.