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Russell Hunt was named the Marshall University head swimming coach in 2010, after serving as an assistant for the Herd, Colgate, and Ohio Northern since 2005.
"I'm proud to be a part of the rich tradition here in Huntington, to be working with such accomplished students and I look forward to tapping into this young program's great potential in the pool and in the classroom. It truly is an honor."
In his first season at the helm, Hunt wasted little time in making a distinctive mark. Under his direction the team saw a marked increase in point total at the C-USA Championships, and saw 24 Top 10 Program Performer record times set at the event, including 3 Varsity records. Outside of competition the program placed 17 on the Conference USA honor roll for their diligent work in the classroom, and carried a 3.18 GPA.
Hunt comes to Marshall after serving as the assistant swimming coach at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York from 2008-09. Working with head coach Stephen Jungbluth at CU, he was the program's recruiting coordinator, head sprint coach and helped coach the school's first NCAA championships qualifier. Under his reign, the program saw 34 new school records between both the men's and women's teams. During his time CU also captured the women's Patriot League title as they went undefeated during the regular season, posted five Patriot League individual champions, 11 NCAA Division I "B" Cuts and the program's first female NCAA Division I championship participant.
Prior to Colgate, Hunt was an assistant coach at Ohio Northern University from 2005-08 under head coach Peggy Ewald. In his time at ONU the program saw 21 Ohio Athletic Conference individual and relay titles, three consecutive men's conference titles, its first male NCAA participant in school history, first women's conference title, three consecutive men's and women's regular season conference championships, one Academic All-American and 10 new varsity records set.
Hunt earned three letters in swimming at Kenyon College under legendary coach Jim Steen and helped Kenyon win three of its 31-straight NCAA Division III national championships. Hunt was the 2003 national champion in the 100 backstroke, is a 10-time national champion, holds nine relay titles and received All-American honors 17 times during his career. He led off the 400 medley relay that broke the NCAA Division III record with a time of 3:16.70 in 2004.
While at Ohio Northern, Hunt completed his juris doctorate at the university's Pettit College of Law. Hunt graduated from Kenyon in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in anthropology.