|Organization:||Cumberland University (TN)|
Woody Hunt begins his 35th season as head coach of Cumberland University in 2015-16 and his 37th with the program. He has amassed an impressive resume along the way and continues to add to his credentials with each passing year, including claiming the school's third national championship in 2014.
Even more importantly Hunt continues to play a major role within the overall landscape of the University as well as in the Lebanon and Wilson County communities where many of his former players have settled into lives after baseball.
Hunt is one of only six coaches in history to register 1,000 career victories in the NAIA and heads into the 2016 season with a 1,471-639-5 overall record. The Phoenix have appeared in 12 NAIA World Series, including six in the last 12 seasons, claiming national championships in 2004, 2010 and 2014 as well as runner-up finishes in 1995 and 2006.
Cumberland has won 20 regular season conference championships during Hunt's tenure, including 10 in the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference (TCAC), six in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) and four in the TranSouth Conference (TSAC). CU has four district championships, 12 NAIA regional titles and has played in five super regionals as well.
The program has posted 24 seasons with 40 or more victories, including 20 of the last 23 years, while registering 50 or more wins eight times, all since 1997. The 2004 squad set the school-record for victories with 59, followed closely behind by the 2010 club with a 58-9 mark.
The Phoenix have produced 64 NAIA All-Americans, including 2010 National Player of the Year Matt Greener and Steve Green, the only three-time All-American in program history. Seventy-nine of Hunt's former players have signed professional contracts.
Hunt has also achieved individual success in the awards category, claiming 17 Coach of the Year honors, including the 2006 and 2010 ABCA/Rawlings National Coach of the Year awards. He is a seven-time Southeast Region Coach of the Year and has also been a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award four times.
Hunt is a member of the Cumberland University Athletics Hall of Fame (1988).