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Georgia State’s Ron Hunter Takes Over as Tulane Basketball Coach

The Tulane basketball team will be under new leadership next season.

Tulane hired Georgia State coach Ron Hunter on Sunday to replace the fired Mike Dunleavy Sr., according to NOLA.com.

Dunleavy posted three losing seasons in his time at Tulane. Hunter guided Georgia State to three NCAA Tournament appearances in the last five years.

This season, Georgia State lost to Houston in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

“I could not be more excited to welcome Ron and Amy Hunter and their family to Tulane University,” Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen said in a school release per NOLA.com. “Coach Hunter is a winner in every respect. We are thrilled to bring his leadership to our campus and the city of New Orleans.”

In eight seasons at Georgia State, Hunter has compiled a 171-95 record. Hunter previously spent 17 seasons as the coach at IUPUI, also taking that program to the NCAA Tournament.

In 25 seasons, Hunter has amassed a 445-314 record overall.

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“I’m really excited,” Hunter said to the Atlanta Journal Constitution per NOLA.com. “I can’t thank the people of Atlanta enough. This really is not about money. I agonized about this until midnight last night. I love the people of Atlanta and the Georgia State community. Again, I can’t thank them enough. But it’s time. At this point in my career, it’s time.”

Hunter’s squads have won 20 games six times in his eight seasons and qualified for the postseason six times in that time. Georgia State has also made the NIT once and the CIT twice under Hunter.

Hunter’s six 20-win seasons are double the amount which Georgia State had prior to his arrival. Georgia State made the NCAA tournament only two times before hiring Hunter.

Hunter’s next task is to turn around a Tulane program that hasn’t reached the NCAA Tournament since 1995. Based on his track record, it appears the Green Wave might have the right man for the job.