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Howard Hunte was named the head coach of the Valparaiso University swimming and diving program in April of 2008 and took over the program in July of 2008.
Since his arrival at the helm of the Crusaders, the program's record books have been almost completely rewritten. On the men's side, 18 of 19 swimming records have been set under Hunte's watch, while on the women's side, 13 of 19 records have been broken. The 2014-15 campaign was extremely successful in that regard, as both the men's and the women's team set eight new school records apiece, including breaking a combined 14 records at the Horizon League Championships. Over his seven seasons at Valpo, Hunte's swimmers have been a success in the classroom as well. 10 men and seven women have earned Academic All-Horizon League honors, while Ansel Hillmer was named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District V honoree in 2009.
A four-year letterwinner for Fairmont State University from 2002-2006, Hunte served as team captain for three seasons. He mainly swam the backstroke and butterfly, and was part of setting a pool record in the 200 medley relay for the Fighting Falcons. He earned All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference accolades while at Fairmont State.
Growing up in Venezuela, Hunte was ranked among the top-five backstrokers in the country as a teenager. He then moved to the United States in 2000 and competed for the Fort Lauderdale Aquatics club.
Hunte arrived at Valpo with a wide array of coaching experience as well. He was the head swim coach for the Fairmont Area swim team in 2006-2007. With Fairmont, he was responsible for workouts for swimmers ages 13-17. He also handled all of the meet entries for the club, supervised the assistant coaches for various age groups, and was the representative for all parent board meetings. Hunte took over the head coaching position after serving a an assistant coach for the swim team from 2003-2006.
Hunte also was an assistant swim coach for the West Virginia Southern Zone Team in 2005 and 2006 that competed in Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.
While working on his master’s degree, Hunte interned in strength and conditioning at West Virginia University during the 2007-2008 season.
Hunte graduated from Fairmont State in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education, with a minor in health. He went on to earn his masters of science in athletic coaching education at West Virginia in 2008.