Former Wolverine Chris Hunter named Director of Player Personnel

Dylan Burkhardt

Former Michigan center Chris Hunter was announced as Michigan’s Director of Player Personnel this afternoon. Hunter played at Michigan from 2002 through 2006 before playing professionally for the last seven years, most recently with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Here’s the complete University of Michigan release on Hunter’s hiring.

University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Friday, Sept. 5) the hiring of former Wolverine Chris Hunter as the program’s Director of Player Personnel.

“It is always great to have a Michigan alum on staff and we are looking forward to Chris Hunter’s return to Michigan Basketball in this new role,” said Beilein. “With Chris’s experience as a former student-athlete, his degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, as well as his professional playing experience, we know he will bring great talent and expertise to our program. We are excited to have Chris and his family back in Ann Arbor.”

“I look forward to assisting the student athletes in having a valuable and productive academic experience,” said Hunter. “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to advance the Michigan Basketball program everyday through hard work and diligence.

“The University has compiled a talented group coaches and staff and I am proud to be a part of it. The current team has a great opportunity to do special things on and off the court and I can’t wait to help in that development. This is a great opportunity and I am excited to come back to the University of Michigan.”

Hunter, who earned a Business Administration degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, was a key member of U-M’s 2004 NIT Championship team and the 2006 NIT runner-up team. A team captain during the 2005-06 season, he played in 105 career games with 27 starts while averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 18.0 minutes per game.

Following his four seasons in Ann Arbor, Hunter began his professional career overseas with Herens Basket of Switzerland, AZS Koszalin of Poland and Spotter Lueven of Belgium from 2006-08. He returned to the United States to play with the NBA Developmental League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants in 2008. Overall he had three stints with the Mad Ants in 47 total games, in which he scored double digits in 44. He was named to the 2009 NBADL All Star team and also served as team captain.

Hunter participated in two training camps and off season activities with the New York Knicks in 2009 — including preseason games — under the direction of head coach Mike D’Antoni and lead assistant coach Mike Woodson. During the 2009-10 season, he played in 60 games, starting nine, with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors under Don Nelson. He highlighted the season scoring 22 points on eight field goals against the defending champion L.A. Lakers.

A native of Gary, Ind., Hunter prepped at West Side High School where he was an All-State first team performer. He and his wife, Quanda Brown, have two children — Christopher Jayden (CJ) and Cameron Jorden (Cam).

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  • KnuckleheadedBlue

    I am curious, is Travis Conlan coaching anywhere ? I never heard where he ended up when he left U-M’s staff a few years ago.

    • Wayman Britt

      I don’t believe he is coaching, which is why him leaving was probably a mutual decision.

  • jblair52

    sweet pickup! I remember watching him at Gary West Side. One of my favorite guys pre-Beilein era.

  • Wayman Britt

    I like this move. He will be inexperienced, but I think Beilein will use him to relate to players.

  • Indiana_Matt

    I love this move. I think it is very positive.

  • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

    Great move, Chris is a great person and will succeed in this position.

  • jblair52

    what are the duties of this position? What kind of “work” can they do with the players? (or what restrictions do they have)

  • Wayman Britt

    Is it basketball season yet, it’s going to be a long year on the gridiron.

  • vince

    i need another italy or random continental tour for umbb to numb my feelings for umich sports now….. please….

    • Wayman Britt

      With Beilein as coach you always feel you have a chance against any team, I cannot say the same for the football team.

      • countourzealous

        My Official Facepalm Count Last Night: I can’t remember I gave my self a concussionnnn