Cumberland University owes a great debt of gratitude to legendary and Hall of Fame head coach Woody Hunt for his service not only to the baseball program but also to the athletic department and the University as well as the community of Lebanon.
Hunt begins his 32nd season as head coach of the Bulldogs in 2012-13 and his 34th with the Cumberland program. He has amassed an impressive resume along the way and continues to add to his credentials with each passing year, including claiming the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second national championship in 2010.
Even more importantly Hunt continues to play a major role within the overall landscape of the University as well as in the Lebanon and Wilson County communities where many of his former players have settled into lives after baseball.
Hunt is one of only six coaches in history to register 1,000 career victories in the NAIA and heads into the 2013 season with a 1,362-565-3 overall record. The Bulldogs have appeared in 11 NAIA World Series, including five in the last nine seasons, claiming national championships in 2004 and 2010 as well as runner-up finishes in 1995 and 2006.
Cumberland has won 19 conference championships during HuntÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tenure, including 10 in the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference (TCAC), five in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) and four in the TranSouth Conference (TSAC). CU has four district championships, 12 NAIA regional titles and has played in five super regionals as well.
The program has posted 22 seasons with 40 or more victories, including 18 of the last 20 years, while registering 50 or more wins eight times, all since 1997. The 2004 squad set the school-record for victories with 59, followed closely behind by the 2010 club with a 58-9 mark.
The Bulldogs have produced 60 NAIA All-Americans, including 2010 National Player of the Year Matt Greener and Steve Green, the only three-time All-American in program history. Seventy-six of HuntÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s former players have signed professional contracts.
The Bulldogs have posted a 478-196 record (.709) over the last 10 seasons with five NAIA World Series appearances, one runner-up finish and two national titles.
Hunt has also achieved individual success in the awards category, claiming 17 Coach of the Year honors, including the 2006 and 2010 Rawlings National Coach of the Year awards. He is a seven-time Southeast Region Coach of the Year and has also been a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award four times.
Perhaps his greatest achievement lies in the facilities in which his team plays, practices and dresses. Cumberland has one of the finest baseball facilities in the nation, second to none in the NAIA, with Ernest L. Stockton Field and its 500 chairback seats and state-of-the-art press box. The Benton Jennings Indoor Hitting Complex provides year-round access to the Bulldog hitters and pitchers for workouts in inclement weather, and the Jeanette C. Rudy Clubhouse has 40 individual lockers as well as a lounge with a big-screen television, coaches offices and dressing areas and trophy cases.