My Edmond Outlook: Rob Hunt

 

Written by Stacy Brasher in the February 2011 Issue

Name: Rob Hunt
Edmond Resident Since: 1998

Why did you move to Edmond more than a decade ago?
I grew up in Texas, while all my relatives lived in Oklahoma. I never thought I wanted to be an ‘Okie’, but that changed when I moved to Edmond to become the Memorial Bulldogs Head Basketball Coach for eight years. We even won State Runner Up my first year coaching in 1998-1999.

What do you like most about living here now?
I’m able to live and work among some of the best people in the country, in one of the best communities in the nation. Edmond has been a great place to raise my family.

What does basketball teach youth today?
Basketball teaches young men and women balance, discipline, and perseverance. I like a quote by John Wooten, who said the key to basketball is quickness and balance. I like to add that the key to life is love and balance.

How has basketball affected your life personally?
It’s all I knew growing up. My dad was a basketball coach. I loved being in the gym, and once I was out of college, the Lord opened up doors for me to coach for 17 years – nine years in Texas, and eight years  in Oklahoma.

What spurred you to put coaching in your past?
When God laid it on my heart four years ago to serve him full time at a church, I never dreamed that I would get an opportunity like that. Now I’m on staff at Henderson Hills Baptist Church leading the men’s ministry and Saturday night small groups. It’s amazing how God used Edmond and Edmond Memorial to prepare me for a life of serving him here.

What do you look forward to in the next 5 years?
I’m most looking forward to watching my children [Ben (13), Rachel (7), and Lily (3)] grow up through their teenage years, to watch which direction their paths go.

What two words would your children use to describe their dad?
Competitive and playful

Biggest fear?
I’ve never lived with much fear.

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