Erv Hunt directed the University of California’s track & field and cross country programs for 31 years, from 1973-2003.
Hunt was an outstanding two-sport athlete in football and track at Fresno State University in the late-1960s. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1970 but returned to California in 1973 to assume the helm of the Cal program.
He is the winningest coach in the history of the school’s storied track & field program, amassing a .765 winning percentage for the men’s team and a .700 winning percentage for the women’s program. Over three decades at the Cal program, Hunt coached an amazing 90 All Americans, 50 conference champions, and five individual national champions. Hunt was named 1981 NCAA District VIII Coach of the Year, and he coached 2-time Olympian James Robinson as well as NCAA great Larry Cowling.
In addition to his many years as head coach at Cal, Hunt served as Head Coach for the USA men’s team at the 1996 Olympic Games and Head Coach for the USA team at the 1995 World University Games. He also served as Assistant Coach for the USA team at the 1992 Olympic Games, the 1993 World Championships, the 1989 World Cup Games, and the 1986 Freedom Games, and he worked as a member of the TAC (now USATF) National Olympic Development coaching staff, specializing in hurdle events.
Hunt is a member of the Bulldog Hall of Fame at Fresno State, as well as the city of Fresno’s Hall of Fame. He returned to coaching as an assistant track & field coach at University of California-Davis in 2006.