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Veteran coach Larry Hunter passes away at 68

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CHAPEL HILL, NC - DECEMBER 06: Head coach Larry Hunter of the Western Carolina Catamounts looks for a foul to be called during their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean Smith Center on December 6, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Veteran college basketball coach Larry Hunter died on Friday morning after complications from a massive stroke that he suffered earlier this week.

The 68-year-old Hunter coached 47 years of college basketball, winning over 700 career games. Hunter retired after this past season after 13 seasons at Western Carolina.

Hunter led the Catamounts to the program’s only 20-win season as a Division I program in 2010 as he was also head coach at his alma mater, Ohio, for 12 seasons. At Ohio, Hunter most famously coached Gary Trent and made the NCAA tournament for the only time at the Division I level in 1994.

Hunter also spent 13 seasons at Division III Whittenberg, winning a national title at that level in 1977.