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Jon Hunt

WATERVILLE, Maine — Jon Hunt, a former assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Colby College, will be the interim head coach for the Mules for the 2016 men’s lacrosse season.

Hunt was the head coach at University of New England and Bridgton Academy after leaving Colby in 2005. He takes the position following the death of head coach Jack Sandler last November. Hunt will start at Colby Feb. 1.

“We are thrilled to have coach Hunt join us at this important time,” said Tim Wheaton, Colby’s Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. “His experience as a coach and educator will help the program and students achieve their goals this season and continue to come together as a team.”

Hunt was an assistant coach at Colby while Sandler was an assistant at Bates College. The two became good friends and played in summer tournaments together.

“It’s a privilege to come back to Colby, somewhere I feel very close to despite being there for just two years,” Hunt said. “And it’s a way of honoring Jack, the type of person and coach he was. I want to do right by him and his players.”

Hunt has been head lacrosse coach and an admissions counselor at Bridgton Academy, in North Bridgton, Maine, since 2012. He guided the Wolverines to a 23-17 record in his three seasons and recruited nationally. Hunt helped place 100 percent of his student-athletes into two- or four-year colleges.

Hunt spent seven years as head coach at University of New England from 2005 to 2012. He led the Nor’easters to the program’s first-ever conference tournament and to additional tournament appearances after that milestone. Hunt also helped UNE to the program’s first-ever ECAC tourney and championship game appearance.

“Going to UNE really helped me develop myself as a coach,” Hunt said. “It was a program that needed some stability and guidance. I think we made it into a respectable program in New England.”

A native of Guilford, Conn., Hunt started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac University from 2001 to 2003. He worked with the offense for the Division I school. Hunt moved on to Colby and was the offensive coordinator from 2003 to 2005.

Hunt is a 2000 graduate of Plymouth State University and was the Panthers’ Male Athlete of the Year in 2000. He was a midfielder in his four years with Plymouth State.

Hunt was named the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Man of the Year in 2013. He was a member of the NCAA men’s lacrosse rules committee from 2008 to 2012.

Hunt and his wife, Jessica, have two sons, Sam (age 4) and Baxter (2).