Benedictine College Athletic Director Charlie Gartenmayer has announced the appointment of Paul Hunt as the next Raven Softball head coach.
Hunt comes to Benedictine from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he spent the last three years as an assistant coach while also serving the past two years as an Assistant Athletic Director.
"I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to be the Head Softball Coach at Benedictine College," Hunt said. "It was important to me to take a position within a strong athletic department. When arriving to campus for the first time, I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere. The facilities are outstanding and the obvious support and pride for the college from community members was almost overwhelming.
"It is truly a blessing to bring my family to a community with a strong Catholic foundation."
A graduate of Presentation College, Coach Hunt has experience coaching not only at the collegiate level but at the high school and club level. Prior to joining the Iowa Central coaching staff, he spent four years at Saint Edmond High School, also in Fort Dodge. He earned several conference titles, was a two-time Coach of the Year selection and guided the program to two Iowa State tournament appearances finishing as high as third place.
"We are excited to have Coach Hunt join the Raven Athletic family," Gartenmayer said. "He has experienced success at every level of his coaching career and we look forward to where he will take the Raven softball program as he brings that success to campus."
For Coach Hunt, his three years at Iowa Central helped establish his coaching philosophy that he hopes to bring to Benedictine.
"I owe a debt of gratitude to Rick Sandquist and the Iowa Central Athletic Department for helping mold me into the coach that I am today," Coach Hunt said. "While at Iowa Central, we played a fast paced, high energy, aggressive style of softball. I plan to bring that same style of play to the Raven Softball program. We will have a strong emphasis on 'playing the game the right way.' I am a big believer that when programs do the little things the right way, the bigger issues will take care of themselves."
Coach Hunt will officially begin his duties with Benedictine on July 1. The Raven Athletic Department would also like to extend a warm welcome to his wife Kasey, daughters Hallie and Anna and son Henry, who will also be joining the Raven Family.
Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college nestled in the bluffs of the Missouri River in Atchison, Kan., Raven Athletics competes in the NAIA as a member of the Heart of America Athletic College.