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MVSU selects Dougie Hunter as head coach of volleyball

Monday, May 19, 2014    

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JAMAICA'S Douglas Hunter was last Friday selected as volleyball's head coach of Mississippi Valley State University in the United States.

Hunter, a former national volleyball player and founding member of Ardenne Spikers, he received several honours from the Jamaica Volleyball Association during his career from 1984-94.

Hunter spent 15 years as an executive member of the Jamaica Volleyball Association, serving a number of positions in the association as its vice-president, technical director and chairman of several committees during his tenure.

The former Ardenne High School Manning Cupper, who most recently served as the head women's volleyball coach at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, replaced Angela Franke, who recently accepted the same position at Loyola University in New Orleans, according to the Mississippi Valley State University website.

With approximately 30 years of volleyball coaching experience, Hunter served as head coach at a number of colleges or universities in the United States. Prior to his four-year stint at Shaw, he served as head coach at Winston-Salem State University from 2007 to 2010. Hunter's highest winning total as a head coach came during the 2012 season after he led Shaw to a 10-17 record.

He also served as an assistant coach at North Carolina Central University (2002-06), Saint Augustine's College (1995-2001) and Mercy College (1994-95). At NCCU, he helped guide the school to three consecutive Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championships from 2004 to 2006 and its first appearance in school history in the NCAA Division II Regional in 2004.

Then, at Saint Augustine, he assisted the Lady Falcons to three CIAA titles in 1997 and 2000-01 and its first NCAA Division II Regional appearance in school history.

Prior to his time in the CIAA, Hunter spent two seasons as head coach of the Long Island Big Apple Volleyball Club (16s). In addition to his duties as head coach, he served as the team's technical director.

As a player, Hunter has a wealth of experience playing in Jamaica and in the USAV Men's Hi A Club with DVC.net as well as with the International Jammers Volleyball Club in the Men's Open Club.

He also earned Men's Hi A All-Region honours in 1998.

Hunter earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from St Augustine's College in 1999. He also graduated from the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica in 1992.

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