Matt Hunter begins his third year at the helm of the York College men’s basketball and golf programs with the 2014-15 year.
Hunter’s tireless recruiting efforts are represented by the revamped Spartan roster that features a large core of underclassmen on the 2014-15 team.
Hunter arrived at York College after spending the previous four seasons as a full time assistant coach at DeSales University. The Bulldogs went 84-32 during Hunter’s tenure on the DeSales bench. The Bulldogs went to a pair of NCAA Tournaments as they advanced to the Elite Eight in 2008-09 and to the Sweet 16 in 2009-10. DeSales won two MAC Freedom Conference championships and played in the championship game in three of the four years he was with the program.
Hunter is no stranger to the Capital Athletic Conference as he was a three-year letter winner at Salisbury University. He graduated from Salisbury with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in May of 2005. He posted a GPA of 3.62, as he was a three-time CAC All-Academic team selection. Hunter was a two-year captain for the Sea Gulls’ men’s basketball squad.
Hunter has a very definitive idea of what he expects from his Spartan teams.
“I want players who are, first and foremost, great people,” says Hunter. “Being good students and good players are important but I feel kids with great character will provide us with our best chance to be champions. I want our players to have a mindset of hard work and dedication. I also want them to have the willingness to sacrifice for their teammates.”
Prior to Hunter’s stop at DeSales, he was on the staff at The College of New Jersey. While at TCNJ, Hunter was thrust into the role of interim head coach for the 2007-08 season at the age of 24. Prior to being named as the interim coach, he served as a TCNJ part-time assistant for the 2005-06 season. He then moved to the full-time assistant position for the 2006-07 campaign.
Hunter knows what he wants his teams to project.
“I want our teams to be recognized as ones that work hard, play together and play the game the right way. We will respect the game, the opponent and the process of improving as individuals and as a team. I believe that the saying ‘Character is who you are when nobody is watching’ will be very true of both our basketball players and our golfers.”
Hunter has achieved success early in his tenure as golf coach as the Spartans won the 2013 Capital Athletic Conference championship. He was named the CAC Coach-of-the-Year for his efforts in leading the Green and White to the conference title.
Hunter resides in York with his wife Annie and their daughters Kelsey and Emma.
Nate Bollinger enters his first season as an assistant coach on the Spartan men's basketball staff in 2014-15. He brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience as he finished out an outstanding collegiate playing career in 2014.
Bollinger began his collegiate career at Delaware Valley College where he totaled 693 points while helping the Aggies win a Freedom Conference Championship and achieve a trip to the Division III National Tournament for the first time in program history. As a freshman, he started 21 out of 28 games at the shooting guard position as he averaged 8.6 points per game. Named a team captain in his sophomore campaign, Bollinger earned All-Freedom Conference Second Team honors after ranking second in the conference in scoring average with 18.1 points per game. He also set a school record by scoring the fifth most points in conference history with 50 against Wilkes University on Jan. 28, 2012.
After two seasons at Delaware Valley, Bollinger transferred to Millersville University where he was a steady and reliable player for the Marauders. Starting over half the games he played in, Bollinger helped MU achieve a 32-25 record with two trips to the conference tournament in two seasons, in addition to being named a team captain his senior year. He averaged 74.2 from the free throw line in two season with Millersville and finished his four-year collegiate career with 989 total points.
Bollinger graduated from Millersville in May of 2014 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Bollinger also has local ties to the York area as he is a graduate of Eastern York High School. He earned back-to-back all-county honors as a junior and senior. He helped guide his team to a county and district championship his senior year in a season where his team reached the state semifinals and finished with a 31-1 record.
|Title:||Asst. Men's Basketball Coach|
Nick Brady begins his third year on Matt Hunter's coaching staff and third year overall on the Spartan bench.
Brady was a three-year starter for the Spartans from 2006-2010 as he was an NABC All-American as a senior. He spent the 2010-11 season with Briedablik of the Icelandic Express League. In addition to playing for Briedablik, he also coached a youth team consisting of 16 and 17-year old players.
Brady was a two-year Spartan captain and closed out his career as one of eight Spartans to reach 1,500 career points. He finished his 104-game career with 1,524 points, 552 rebounds, 158 assists, and 87 steals. He was a 44.9% career shooter from the floor, 39.6% from three and 77.5% from the free throw line. Brady canned 218 threes in his career including 76 during his senior year. He is one of just two Spartans to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, and 200 three-point field goals. The other is Andy O’Brien who is also a Delone Catholic graduate and the Spartans’ all-time leading scorer.
Brady was the 2006-07 CAC Rookie of the year as he averaged 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and responded by averaging 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. As a junior, Brady earned All-CAC accolades after averaging 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. In his standout senior year, he averaged 20.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 47.2% from the field, 41.3% from beyond the arc while he was a very consistent 84.7% from the charity stripe. Brady reached double figures in all 26 games this year including 13 20-plus points performances and a trio of 30-plus point contests. He recorded a career-high 36 points in the January 20 win at Mary Washington.
Brady spent his first year on the Spartan bench on long time Spartan head coach Jeff Gamber's staff as the Spartans won the Capital Athletic Conference championship in 2011-12.
Brady will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of the program including on-the-floor coaching, recruiting and scouting.
|Title:||Asst. Men's Basketball Coach|
Richard Hart begins his first year on Matt Hunter's staff. He comes to the Spartan program with a wealth of coaching experience.
Hart was most recently the head coach at Aberdeen High School He led Aberdeen to 13 conference championships, three regional championships, two state finals appearances, and one state championship. His 13 league titles came in just 15 seasons as he was victorious in 81% of his career games. Hart was named the 2000 Baltimore Metro Coach of the Year.
In the last 13 years, Hart initiated and cordinated the Baltimore county-wide Basketball Academy from March through October that included elementary aged players through college-bound athletes. Those student-athletes received instruction and leadership from a number of top speakers and college coaches. He was a long-time counselor at the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp.
Hart played collegiately at Westminster and Slippery Rock for two years each. He was a member of the 1978 Slippery Rock University squad that went to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Hart lives in West Manchester with his wife, Denise. He is the father of Brittany who is married and also lives in West York.