Hunter added to SSU soccer staff
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Joe Hunter, who spent the past 17 seasons as the head men's soccer coach at fellow California Collegiate Athletic Association member San Francisco State University, will join the Sonoma State University men's soccer coaching staff for the 2014 season, it was announced by head coach Marcus Ziemer on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Hunter, who resides in nearby Novato, is a former student-athlete and assistant coach of the SSU men's soccer program, earning his Bachelor's Degree from Sonoma State in 1987.

“We are excited to have Joe on the coaching staff,” Ziemer said. “It's not often you get to have an assistant coach with head coaching experience, so he will be very valuable. Joe and I played together at SSU in 1983 so it is good to bring him back home.”

During his time at San Francisco State, Hunter served as the chairperson for the NCAA Div. II West Region playoff selection committee and a voting member of the NCAA Div. II national soccer committee. As a coach, he maintains an “A” license for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the highest coaching level in the United States. 

Hunter holds memberships with the USSF Coaches Association and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He was previously a staff member of the USSF for Region IV, working with the Olympic Development Program as an evaluator and coach and served the same duties with the California Youth Soccer Association.

Prior to taking over the head coaching reigns at SFSU in 1995, he served as an assistant with the men's team for five seasons. During his tenure as assistant, Hunter was the primary recruiter for the men's program while assisting the women's program in varying capacities. In 17 seasons at the helm of the SF State program, Hunter compiled a record of 111-211-24. He landed at SFSU after spending six seasons as a player and assistant coach at Sonoma State, where he was a two-time all-conference player in 1986-87, also earning an All-Region honor as a senior. Prior to playing at SSU, Hunter earned all-conference honors twice at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Led by 24-year head coach Ziemer, who owns a career coaching record of 299-137-49, SSU opens its exhibition schedule with a matchup against NCAA Div. I foe San Jose State in San Jose on Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. 

The Seawolves will then play their Alumni Game on Aug. 24 and scrimmages at Consumnes River JC (Aug. 27) and at Holy Names (Aug. 29) before opening up the regular season on Sept. 4 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada against two-time defending NCAA Div. II West Region champion Simon Fraser. Sonoma State's home opener is scheduled for Sept. 11 against California Baptist at 5 p.m.

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