In the summer of 2006, the UC Davis track & field program scored a major coup with the arrival of Erv Hunt to the coaching staff. The Aggie staff now claims both U.S. head coaches from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics: Hunt served as the men's coach while Deanne Vochatzer was the women's coach.
Hunt coached Cal's track & field and cross country programs from 1973-2002, amassing an impressive record. He guided the Golden Bear men's team to almost 250 dual wins, a .773 winning percentage and 10 top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
In addition to the team success, Hunt mentored a total of 50 conference champions, 87 All-Americans and five NCAA champions.
Hunt's international experience is equally extensive. He served on the U.S. staffs at the 1986 Freedom Games (Moscow), the 1992 Olympic Games (Barcelona) and the 1993 World Championships (Germany); then was head coach at the 1995 World University Games. In 1996, he was selected as the head men's track & field coach for the U.S. team at the Centennial Olympiad in Atlanta, Ga.
As an athlete, Hunt was a football, basketball and track standout at Edison High School in Fresno, Calif. He remained close to his hometown, first starring at Fresno Community College then later transferring to Fresno State on a football scholarship. Hunt was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1970 NFL Draft.
Hunt is enshrined in the Halls of Fame of Cal, Fresno State, the city of Fresno and the U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association. He and his wife, Jacquelyne, have two grown children.
Aggies host All-Comers
Track & Field Meet on Jan. 28