Author: Jordan Johnson

Hunsaker credits success to annual summer camps

Wolverines men’s basketball coach Dick Hunsaker says players are made in the summer, teams in the winter. With decades of coaching experience, Hunsaker is certainly the man for both jobs. “I love camps. I love kids. I love working with kids. Everything I’ve got in this game, I’ve gotten from summer camps,” Hunsaker said. What Hunsaker elected not to bring up was his 2001 Mountain West Conference win with the University of Utah—after which he was named coach of the year by the Los Angeles Times and the Mountain West Conference. He also launched UVU into the record books in 2006-07 with a 22-7 record, best by a Division I Independent in 20 years. This last season, Hunsaker’s team won the Great West Conference regular season and he was named the conference’s coach of the year. Despite his remarkable achievements and years of experience, Hunsaker insisted, “The contacts and people I’ve met come so much from summer basketball camps.” “Overall I think it’s just the love and enjoyment you get from basketball. Basketball is a lifetime sport,” Hunsaker said. “I really enjoy working with kids and sharing the game with them.” “He’s just like, respectable with all the stuff he’s done.  I wish I had the skills to teach people basketball like him.” — Austin Drew, Desert Hills freshman The passion for the game goes far beyond the UCCU...

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High schools play for championships hosted at UVU facilities

Most look at college as an escape from high school. Those at UVU looking to avoid the melodramatics of high school sports, however, may be in for a surprise. For nearly a decade, UVU has been the proud host of multiple high school state championships and numerous athletic summer camps. With experienced coordinators such as Mark Hildebrand, Director-UCCU Center and Brent Brown Ballpark, UVU’s reputation as a clean, user-friendly campus precedes itself. According to Hildebrand, the first high school state championship to take place at UVU was in 2001. Since then, the university has built a strong relationship based on quality, service, and dedication with coaches from all over the state as well as the Utah High School Activities Association. “They like us, I hope,” Hildebrand said with a smile. It certainly appears that way. The yearly return of the women’s volleyball, drill team, wrestling and baseball state championships, along with various summer camps, make UVU one of the most high school-friendly universities in Utah. “The high schools shop around and try to find facilities that are best for their particular events, and so they look at things like accessibility, location, and price is a big factor too,” said Hildebrand. Conveniently located along I-15 in Orem, it comes as no surprise that UVU tops the list of prospective hosts. Hildebrand believes it is an amazingly devoted and hard working...

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