David Hunt was elevated to head coach of the storied Pepperdine men’s volleyball program in July, 2017. He is the eighth coach in program history.
Hunt has worked with the Waves for 10 seasons since December 2007, beginning as a video coordinator and volunteer assistant in 2007, elevating to assistant in 2010, to associate head coach in 2014 and to head coach in 2017. During his time with Pepperdine, Hunt has earned national acclaim as an assistant three American Volleyball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 Awards (2010, 2016, 2017).
While Hunt had served under former head coach Marv Dunphy, the Waves produced a 160-104 overall record for a .606 winning percentage*. In his first season with the squad, the team finished ranked No. 2 nationally after an appearance in the NCAA Championship match against Penn State. In the past 10 seasons, Pepperdine has finished in the AVCA final rankings top 10 on nine occasions and in the top five six times.
In the summer of 2016, Hunt once again joined the national coaching ranks with the U.S. Women’s National Team and helped lead Team USA to a bronze medal finish in the 2016 Olympic Games. He first earned a spot on the sideline in 2014 and has continued to excel in a leadership position under legendary coach Karch Kiraly. The 2016 Olympic Games begin on August 5 and run through August 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Following the 2013 collegiate campaign, Hunt resigned from his post to serve as an assistant coach for the Japanese Men’s National Team. Hunt was hired by Gary Sato, a former coach for both the Pepperdine men’s and women’s squads.
While Hunt was in Japan, the team moved up two spots in the FIVB World Rankings and earned its first FIVB World League win in over two years.
He returned to the Pepperdine sideline just prior to the start of the 2014 collegiate campaign.
Before being elevated to the role of assistant coach prior to the 2010 season, he was Pepperdine’s video coordinator and a volunteer assistant the previous two years. As a full-time assistant, his duties include film exchange, preparing scouting reports, recruiting, travel and summer camps.
Hunt’s coaching expertise has also been extended to the USA Volleyball community. In 2014, Hunt was picked as head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team as they battled at the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Under Hunt’s leadership, Team USA was dominant, posting four shut-out victories to punch its ticket into the 2014 FIVB World Championship.
Hunt later helped the U.S. Women’s National Team make history in October 2014. He served as a consultant coach during Team USA’s gold-medal run at the FIVB World Championships in Italy. It was the U.S. women’s first-ever gold medal at any major tournament, including the World Championships, World Cup and Olympic Games.
He was again given the reins to the national team in 2015, when selected to coach Team USA at the Pan American Cup in Lima, Peru.
He traveled to Tijuana, Mexico in July 2012 as an assistant coach for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team where the squad won the bronze medal at the NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship and qualified for the 2013 FIVB Youth World Championships.
In the summer of 2011, he worked as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB World Championships in Brazil. The squad earned its highest-ever finish with a fourth-place showing.
In the fall of 2008, Hunt was selected to travel with the U.S. Men’s National Team to the Pan American Cup in Cuiaba, Brazil, where he was the technical coordinator.
Prior to joining Pepperdine, Hunt worked at Harvard-Westlake High School as an assistant to former Pepperdine assistant coach Adam Black. The pair led the team to a state championship in 2007. Hunt has also coached at the Marv Dunphy Volleyball Camp, and has participated in Gold Medal Squared coaching clinics across the United States since 2007.
A native of Glendale, Calif., Hunt graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history.