"Dick is someone that I really enjoy "X"ing and "O"ing with. I love his commitment to the game, and I really value him as an advisor and a teacher. He's hard working, loyal and dedicated. Dick is going to be a real plus for us in helping to develop our big men. He sees the game from a big man's perspective and is truly a fine teacher."
- Rick Majerus
Rick Hunsaker, former head coach at Ball State University and Manchester College, is in his fourth season with the Utes. Hunsaker coordinates Utah's recruiting efforts and coaches the post players. He joined the Utah staff in 1998-99 as the director of basketball operations and was promoted to assistant coach in 1999-2000.
Hunsaker served as the Utes' acting head coach the majority of the 2000-01 season when Rick Majerus took a leave of absence after the first game of the season. Hunsaker directed a team with just one returning starter and three other returning lettermen to a 19-10 record while playing the RPI's 39th-toughest schedule in the nation. He also guided Utah to a share of the Mountain West Conference championship with a 10-4 record. For his efforts, the league's coaches voted Hunsaker the 2001 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year. He was also recognized as the National Coach of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. Hunsaker has won 70 percent of his games in eight seasons as a head coach, compiling a 166-71 record.
No stranger to Rick Majerus' coaching philosophy, Hunsaker was the associate head coach under Majerus at Ball State from 1987-89. Hunsaker came to Utah from Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., where he had been the head coach since 1995. During his three years at Manchester, he posted a 51-27 record and led the Spartans to three of the 10 winningest seasons in the college's 85-year history.
Hunsaker was the head coach at Ball State from 1989-93. He compiled a 97-33 record with the Cardinals, giving him the seventh-best four-year coaching record in NCAA history. During his stay in Muncie, Ind., Ball State made two trips to the NIT and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He led the Cardinals to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1990 before they were ousted by UNLV, 69-67. It was the closest any team came to beating the Runnin' Rebels on their way to the national title. Hunsaker guided Ball State to wins over an Oregon State team featuring Gary Payton and Louisville in the 1990 NCAA Tournament at the Huntsman Center. His Ball State team also played Utah in Salt Lake City in the first round of the 1993 NIT.
Hunsaker posted four 20-win seasons at BSU, never losing back-to-back regular season games. His teams also captured two Mid-American Conference championships and placed second twice. Of the student-athletes who completed their senior year in his program, 83 percent received their degrees.
Like Majerus, Hunsaker's formula for success on the basketball court consists of defending in the half court, taking care of the basketball and rebounding. In eight years as a head coach, each of his teams finished the season ranked in the top 30 in the nation defensively. Last season under Hunsaker, the Utes ranked 23rd in the country in scoring defense and 15th in rebound margin. Hunsaker coached Chanse Young at Manchester, who set the college basketball single-season free throw percentage record (.956) in 1997-98.
Before becoming a part of Majerus' staff at Ball State for two seasons, Hunsaker was an assistant coach at Weber State from 1977-87. He also spent time in the professional ranks, serving as the head coach and director of basketball operations for the Hartford Hellcats (1993-94) and the Grand Rapids Mackers (1994-95) of the CBA. While at Grand Rapids, he was named the American Conference coach of the month and led the Mackers to the CBA playoffs.
As a collegian, Hunsaker played at UTEP for Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins during the 1972-73 season. He finished his career at Weber State (1974-77), where he was a team captain. Hunsaker was named Weber State "Alumnus of the Year" in 1985.
Hunsaker is a 1977 graduate of Weber State with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He received a master's degree in educational psychology from BYU in 1983.
Dick and his wife Diane, a native of Coalville, Utah, are parents of four children: Lance (24), Jodi (18), Holton (12) and Zachary (7).
Birthdate: April 11, 1954
Hometown: Harlem, Mont.
High School: Clovis
|1977-87||Weber State, Assistant Coach|
|1987-89||Ball State, Associate Head Coach|
|1989-93||Ball State, Head Coach|
|1993-94||Hartford (CBA), Interim Head Coach/Director of Basketball Operations|
|1994-95||Grand Rapids (CBA), Head Coach/Director of Basketball Operations|
|1995-98||Manchester College, Head Coach|
|1998-99||Utah, Director of Basketball Operations|
|1999-Present||Utah, Assistant Coach|
|2000-01||Utah, Acting Head Coach|