Wes Hunt returns to Texan Baseball, named assistant coach

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STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Baseball head coach Aaron Meade announced Friday the addition of Wes Hunt to his coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Hunt returns to Stephenville after four years away. He spent two seasons as UT Permian Basin’s top assistant coach before moving to the Division I ranks at Campbell University as an assistant coach.

“I am thrilled to have Coach Hunt join our staff here at Tarleton,” said Meade. “His energy, attention to detail and emphasis on development will play a big role in the overall growth of our student-athletes. He has a proven track record of winning at every level of college baseball, including helping Campbell claim the Big South regular season title and an NCAA Tournament berth each of the last two seasons.”

The Camels saw unprecedented success in Hunt’s tenure, making back-to-back NCAA regional appearances for the first time in program history.

Campbell played in the 2021 National Champion Mississippi State’s regional after reaching the tournament as an at-large bid. In 2022 the Camels played in the Knoxville regional as they faced off with the No. 1 overall seed Tennessee after winning the Big South regular season and tournament.

In 2022, Campbell was the only team in Division I to reach 100 home runs, 100 stolen bases, 100 doubles and 100 hit batters. The impressive statistics did not stop there as a record 11 Camels were named All-Big South.

Hunt came to Campbell from UT Permian Basin where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach. He played a big part in the Falcons 2019 season which saw them win 20-plus games for the first time since 2015. They made a marked improvement, clinching a spot in the Lone Star Conference playoffs after winning only nine games the season before.

Prior to UTPB, Hunt donned the purple and white. He spent two seasons in Stephenville as a graduate assistant, coaching under former Tarleton coach Bryan Conger and earned a master’s degree in Kinesiology. The Texans experienced two winning seasons with Hunt on staff working with the outfielders and coaching third base. In 2018 Tarleton finished 35-17, won the LSC tournament title, and made an appearance in the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament.

While at Tarleton Hunt met his wife, formerly Rebecca Schlorff. Schlorff played two seasons on the Texan volleyball team as a defensive specialist, appearing in 140 sets and 34 matches over her career.

Meade is looking forward to having the Hunts in Stephenville.

“Wes and his wife Rebecca are Texans at heart, and we are extremely excited to bring them home,” Meade said.

“We are excited and humbled for the opportunity to come back home and join the Tarleton Athletics family,” Hunt said. Tarleton is a special place to us and a place that we take tremendous pride in. I am honored to put on the Texan uniform again and make an impact on our student-athletes’ lives. It is truly a privilege, and I am ready to help Coach Meade and our great staff lead this program to prominence, competing for WAC Championships, trips to Omaha and a National Championship.”

Hunt’s coaching career began as a student at UNLV, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He spent three seasons as an undergraduate assistant, from 2011-2014, and one as a volunteer assistant from 2014-2015. He worked with the outfielders and was the team’s camp director. The Rebels won the Mountain West and made an appearance in the Corvallis regional in 2014.

Before getting into coaching, Hunt spent time as a player at the College of Southern Nevada and at Chipola Junior College. In 2010, Hunt helped lead Southern Nevada to a Junior College World Series appearance. In 2011, Hunt played in 38 games for Chipola on the way to a Florida State Championship and a JUCO World series appearance.

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