College of Charleston Recognizes Steve Hunt
Published on December 8th, 2015
The 2016 College of Charleston Athletics Hall of Fame Class has been selected and includes two-time All-American sailor Steven D. Hunt (1994-98).
Since stepping foot in a 420 for the first time at College of Charleston, team racing has been a critical part of Hunt’s collegiate and professional sailing career. His rise in his position on the sailing team was impressive during his four years.
After starting the first day of practice ranked 15th of 15 on the team, he went on to become a two-time ICSA All-American in 1997 and 1998, won A-Division in his final Coed National Championship regatta, placed second at the 1998 ICSA Team Race National Championship and finished second at Sloop Nationals. Hunt was awarded the team’s Most Improved Award and the Cougars were ranked No. 1 in the nation during the majority of his senior year, due in part to his amazing results.
Now as a professional sailor, Hunt has achieved incredible international success. After graduating from The College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration, the San Diego, Calif., native, continued his passion for the sport by focusing on an Olympic campaign in the highly-competitive 470 class. He won both the U.S. and German Nationals and placed third at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1999.
Perhaps the most impressive part of his career has been his devotion to the sport through teaching young sailors and improving their talents. Hunt has become the most sought after coach in the country for many racing teams, Olympic programs and winning high school programs. He was named U.S. National Coach of the Year in 2013.