John Hunter continues into his fifth year on the Wake Forest football staff after coaching under head coach Dave Clawson at Bowling Green. Hunter works with Wake Forest's running backs.
The improvement in Wake Forest's rushing attack under Hunter's leadership has been
In 2016, three Demon Deacons rushed for over 500 yards marking the first time since 1971 that three different rushers cracked that mark. Cade Carney became the first freshman to score three touchdowns in a game since 2002 while Matt Colburn posted a pair of 100-yard rushing games.
Wake Forest's rushing attack was the most improved in the nation in 2015, increasing its
production by more than 150 percent.
Hunter spent eight years on the Bowling Green coaching staff working with the running backs. Retained on the staff when Clawson took over the Bowling Green program in 2009, Hunter took on additional responsibilities as recruiting coordinator. The Falcons' rushing offense ranked 39th in the nation in 2013 with 193.4 yards per game. During his time at BGSU, Hunter coached three different running backs to All-America, All-MAC and MAC Freshman of the Year honors.
Under Hunter's guidance, a number of Bowling Green running backs found success. Chris Bullock was named a Freshman All-American in 2006, while Anthon Samuel earned Freshman All-America honors in 2011.
The 2012 season was arguably Hunter's best coaching job of his career, helping the Falcons transform from a passing team to a strong rushing attack. That rushing attack finished with the most rushing yards since 2006 and had four games of over 200 yards rushing. Samuel had 998 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, finishing two yards shy of becoming just the 10th Falcon to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.
In 2011 Samuel ran for 844 yards and five touchdowns, earning MAC Freshman of the Year honors. Samuel was the first running back in school history to win the award and was third in the country among freshmen running backs, averaging 93.8 yards per game.
Hunter molded Willie Geter into a third-team All-MAC performer as a senior in 2010, and helped him finish his career with 2,156 rushing yards, eighth-most in school history.
A 1988 graduate of Bowling Green, Hunter started his coaching career in the Detroit area, rising to head coach at Pershing High in 2000. In his six years there, Pershing posted a 40-28 record, made four appearances in the state playoffs and earned a pair of district titles.
A four-year starter for Bowling Green at defensive end, Hunter earned All-MAC honors in 1986 and 1987 and helped the Falcons to the 1985 MAC title and a berth in the California Bowl. As a redshirt freshman, Hunter had nine tackles and three sacks in a win over arch-rival Toledo. He led the 1985 BGSU team with eight sacks. Hunter finished his career with 336 tackles and 44 tackles for loss. He signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers following his senior season.
Prior to his stint at Pershing High School, Hunter was an assistant coach at St. Martin DePorres in 1989 and from 1994-99. He was the defensive backs coach for a team which won the state championship in 1989 and was defensive coordinator from 1994-99, also winning state titles in 1995 and 1996. As a player, he also played on state title teams at DePorres in 1981 and 1982.
A native of Detroit, he and his wife, Amara, have a son, John, and a daughter, Justiss.
The John Hunter File
July 18, 1965
John and Justiss
Bowling Green, 1988
Bowling Green (1984-87) ... Defensive end ... Four-year starter ... earned All-MAC honors in 1986 and 1987 and helped the Falcons to the 1985 MAC title and a berth in the California Bowl.