Gretchen Hunt named Women Coaches Symposium College Coach of the Year

Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota Tucker Center
Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota Tucker Center

Bethel Sports Information Department

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Bethel University head volleyball coach Gretchen Hunt was recently named the inaugural College Coach of the Year by the University of Minnesota Tucker Center at the 2019 Women Coaches Symposium on Friday, April 19.

"I have long been a follower and fan of the work that the Tucker Center does in research, advocacy, and programming around girls and women in sport," said Hunt. "It's a very unique research center to be housed right here in Minnesota at the University. I have attended the Women Coaches Symposium since its inception, and have watched the event grow and evolve, and have always been challenged and encouraged at the end of the day."

The award honors a collegiate coach who is committed to giving back, cares about and fosters holistic athlete well-being and development, strives for performance excellence, maintains high ethical standards and conducts herself with professionalism.

"It is a huge honor for me to be the inaugural recipient of their Coach of the Year award because it honors so many things that I value - holistic athlete development, performance excellence, professionalism, and respect for opponents and officials. But the most meaningful element of this award is the fact that my amazing partner in Bethel Royals Volleyball, Megan Kirchoff, was the one who nominated me. She is a true partner in everything we do in our program, I admire her kindness, discipline, work ethic, and sheer athletic talent! So it was very meaningful to hear her thoughtful nomination and be recognized in a room filled with outstanding women coaches."

During the 2018 campaign Hunt led the Royals to a record of 23-8 (.742) giving them the third best winning percentage in program history behind only the 1984 (40-4) and 1983 (32-11) teams. It was the sixth time under the 17-year head coach that the Royals won over 20 games, the most since the 2015 team went 25-10 and advanced to the Elite 8.

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