Marty Hunter
Marty Hunter
Title: Head Coach (2008-)
Phone: 503-554-2914
Email: mhunter@georgefox.edu

Marty Hunter, the 2009 Northwest Conference Co-Coach of the Year, has kept alive the tradition of excellence established by George Fox University Sports Hall of Fame coaches Pat Casey and Pat Bailey by leading the nationally-recognized Bruins' baseball program to a 159-86 (.649) record in his first six seasons as head coach.

In Hunter's inaugural season in 2008, the Bruins posted a 28-14 record despite a rash of injuries. Included in their non-conference record were a two-out-of-three series win at West Region powerhouse McMurry to open the season and a 3-2 road win over NCAA Division I Portland. The Bruins went 24-8 in the Northwest Conference, finishing as league runner-up by one game to Linfield and earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III West Regional in Abilene, Texas, where the season ended with losses to Trinity (Texas) and La Verne.

Hunter's 2009 team went 36-11, the second-most wins in a season in Bruin history. After tying for the conference championship with Pacific Lutheran, both at 27-5, the Bruins defeated PLU in a one-game playoff to earn the NWC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The playoff win gave the Bruins a 33-9 regular season record, the most wins prior to post-season play in team history. In the West Regional in McMinnville, Ore., the Bruins battled back after an opening-round loss to California Lutheran with wins over No. 1-ranked Pomona-Pitzer, Texas-Tyler, and Chapman, before Chapman eliminated the Bruins in the regional title game. Hunter was named NWC Co-Coach of the Year along with PLU's Geoff Loomis, a former George Fox assistant coach.

Among the numerous records set by the 2009 squad was a new single-season standard for hits (589), while their .367 batting average was the second-highest in Bruin history and ranked third nationally. George Fox led the nation in sacrifice flies (40) and ranked high in several other categories, including fifth in fielding percentage (.969), seventh in hits, eighth in slugging percentage (.546), 10th in runs (449), 17th in doubles (112), 18th in scoring (9.6), and 25th in home runs (48).

With six new faces in the 2010 starting lineup, the Bruins went 23-16 overall and finished third in the NWC at 16-8. They followed with a 26-13 overall record in 2011, tied for third in the NWC at 14-10, and achieved a .975 fielding percentage to lead the nation in fielding for the third time in school history. In 2012, the Bruins struggled to a 0-7 start but rallied to finish 20-20 and tied for fourth in the conference at 15-9. The Bruins were the only conference team to win a season series from league champion and World Series participant Whitworth.

This past season, the Bruins posted a 26-12 overall record and finished second in the NWC with a 17-7 mark to eventual national champion Linfield. George Fox went 4-0 in the Arizona Desert Classic to open the season, and posted conference sweeps over Lewis & Clark, Willamette, Puget Sound, and 2012 NWC champion Whitworth. A 5-1 home win over Whitworth in the first game of a doubleheader on Mar. 29 gave Hunter his 150th career victory. Ranked as high as eighth in the ABCA / Collegiate Baseball poll at one point, the Bruins eventually finished among "others receiving votes" in both national polls (31st with 10 points by D3baseball.com, 37th with 10 points by ABCA). The season ended in stunning disappointment for the Bruins, however, when they went from being ranked fifth in the West Region by the NCAA regional committee for two straight weeks to unranked the final week (even though they did not play) and missing out on an at-large bid to the NCAA National Tournament.

Hunter first came to George Fox as an assistant baseball coach in 2003, with a primary focus on the infielders, and was named the Bruins' associate head coach in 2005. Under his tutelage, the George Fox defense ranked in the top six nationally in fielding average for five straight seasons (2003-2007), leading the nation in both 2003 and 2005 and setting a Division III record in 2005 with a .979 fielding mark.

In the summer of 2007, Hunter was named to replace Bailey, whose 12-year run at George Fox included an NCAA Division III national title in 2004, eight Northwest Conference championships, and a win-loss record of 353-158. Bailey left for an assistant's position at Oregon State University, back-to-back NCAA Division I national champions in 2006-07, where he joined head coach Casey, who had guided the George Fox to a 171-113-1 record in seven seasons from 1988-94.

Prior to joining the George Fox staff, Hunter led Canby (Ore.) High School to a 132-63 record from 1995-2002. His teams made the state Class 4A playoffs every year and won Pacific-9 Conference titles in 1997, 1998, and 2002. He was the Pac-9 Coach of the Year in '97, '98, '01, and '02. He also continued as a teacher at Canby while working with the Bruin baseball team.

Hunter coached Bend (Ore.) High School from 1991-94, going 68-40. Bend won Intermountain Conference titles in 1991 and 1992, and he was named Coach of the Year in the conference both seasons. In 1990, he served as an assistant coach with the Bend Bucks, a team in the professional Class A Northwest League.

A graduate of Gresham (Ore.) High School, Hunter attended Linfield College, where he received two letters as a football cornerback and three as a second baseman and catcher on the baseball team. He earned both dual business and health degrees from Linfield in 1984, then worked at Gladstone, Gresham, and West Albany High Schools, all in Oregon, before landing in Bend. He completed a master of education degree from Linfield in 1991.

When Hunter was named head coach of the Bruins, he admitted, "I believe the continuity we have will be a great thing for the program. All our coaches are going in the same direction in terms of goals and philosophy. We have some great kids and a great staff at George Fox, and I look forward to this opportunity of continuing the legacy of outstanding baseball established here by Coach Bailey and Coach Casey."

George Fox director of athletics Craig Taylor, when he announced the promotion of Hunter, said, "We are very excited and fortunate to have a coach of Marty's caliber accept our position. He relates well to the players and had strong support from both the returning players and the current recruiting class. While he brings his own personal perspective to the program, we know he will build on what Pat Casey and Pat Bailey have done over the last 20 years of Bruin baseball."

In addition to his coaching duties, Hunter serves as an instructor in the George Fox department of health and human performance. He and his wife of 28 years, Kim, have two sons: Taylor, 24, a two-time All-Conference shortstop for the Bruins who enter his second year as an assistant coach for his alma mater, and Tucker, 21, who attends Oklahoma State. The Hunters reside in Canby.

Marty Hunter’s Coaching Ledger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 

Team

All

Pct.

Conf.

Pct.

Highlights

1991-94

Bend (Ore.) HS

68-40

.630

 
 

Intermountain Conference champions 1991-92;

Conference Coach of the Year 1991-92

1995-2002

Canby (Ore.) HS

132-63

.677

 
 

Pacific 9 Conference champions 1997-98,

2002; Class 4A Playoffs 1995-2002; Conference

Coach of the Year 1997-98, 2001-02

HS

(12 yrs)

 

200-103

.660

 

 

 

2003-04

George Fox

-

 
 
 

Assistant Coach

2005-07

George Fox

-

 
 
 

Associate Head Coach

2008

George Fox

28-14

.667

24-8

.750

NWC 2nd; NCAA West Regional (0-2)

2009

George Fox

36-11

.766

27-5

.844

NWC 1st (T); NCAA West Regional 2nd (3-2);

#12 ranking; NCAA leader in Sac Flies (40)

2010

George Fox

23-16

.590

16-8

.667

NWC 3rd

2011

George Fox

26-13

.667

14-10

.571

NWC 3rd (T), NCAA leader in Fielding (.975)

2012

George Fox

20-20

.500

15-9

.625

NWC 4th (T)

2013

George Fox

26-12

.684

17-7

.708

NWC 2nd

GFU  

(6 yrs)

 

159-86

.649

113-47

.706

 

Career

(18 yrs)

 

359-189

.655

 

 

 

 

Honors
2009 - Northwest Conference Co-Coach of the Year

 

GFU Milestones

1st win - 18-2 at McMurry, 2/17/2008

50th win - 21-2 vs. Whitman, 4/10/2009

100th win - 5-4 (11 inn.) vs. Willamette, 3/20/2011 (GFU home game played in Salem, Ore.)

150th win - 5-1 vs. Whitworth, 3/29/2013 (1st game)

 

Hunter vs. All Opponents

 

Team

Overall

Home

Road

Neutral

British Columbia, University of

0-1

-

-

0-1

California Lutheran University

2-4

-

1-2

1-2

California State University-East Bay

3-3

2-1

1-2

-

Chapman University

3-2

-

2-1

1-1

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

0-1

-

-

0-1

Concordia University-Austin

3-0

-

-

3-0

Concordia University-Portland

6-7

4-3

0-1

2-3

Corban University

6-2

3-0

1-2

2-0

Hawai’i-Hilo, University of

2-2

-

2-2

-

La Verne, University of

2-4

-

-

2-4

Lewis & Clark College

18-2

7-0

9-1

2-1

Lewis-Clark State College

1-4

-

1-3

0-1

Linfield College

10-12

6-4

4-7

0-1

McMurry University

2-1

-

2-1

-

Menlo College

3-0

3-0

-

-

Occidental College

1-0

-

-

1-0

Oregon Institute of Technology

1-0

-

-

1-0

Pacific University (Ore.)

13-8

7-4

6-4

-

Pacific Lutheran University

12-11

7-4

4-6

1-1

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

1-0

-

-

1-0

Portland, University of

1-3

-

1-3

-

Puget Sound, University of

13-7

5-5

8-2

-

Redlands, University of

1-0

-

-

1-0

Texas-Dallas, University of

3-0

-

-

3-0

Texas-Tyler, University of

1-0

-

-

1-0

Trinity University (Texas)

0-1

-

-

0-1

Whitman College

18-2

10-0

8-2

-

Whittier College

1-1

-

0-1

1-0

Whitworth University

16-4

7-0

8-2

1-2

Willamette University

16-4

6-2

8-2

2-0

Totals (6 yrs)

159-86

(.649)

67-23

(.744)

66-44

(.600)

26-19

(.578)

 

A Winning Tradition

 
  • NCAA D-III National Champions (2004)
  • Eight NCAA D-III National Tournaments (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • One  NCAA Regional Championship (West 2004)
  • Seven Northwest Conference Championships (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009)
  • 19 straight seasons .500 or better (1996-2014)
  • Seven Top 25 national rankings (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)
 
Final May 04
Baseball
W, 10-2 at Linfield
George Fox home game played at Linfield due to wet grounds
Final May 02
Baseball
L, 5-1 at Linfield
Final April 26
Baseball
L, 6-2 at Corban
Final April 26
Baseball
W, 3-2 at Corban
Final April 24
Baseball
W, 7-2 vs. Corban
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