Bobby Hunter is the youngest coach at our camp. He finished his incredible collegiate basketball career and graduated at Illinois State University. He has an infectious personality that has drawn others towards his positive nature, and he has the courage and fearless demeanor that comes from playing with older players his entire life. Most noteworthy, Bobby is a genuinely caring person with a huge heart. He’s displayed strong character time and time again throughout the years, such as recently when an local Illinois media outlet wrote about Bobby having built a special bond with a three year old Redbird fan with autism. Bobby has been nominated for and awarded several high-character and sportsmanship awards, and we haven’t even touched on his basketball career yet.
Born and raised in Reno, NV, Bobby attended Our Lady of the Snows and started playing year-round basketball with the Reno Ballers at the Boys and Girls Club on E. 9th street at a young age. He was ahead of his peers in all sports at an early age, yet managed to ward off complacency. Slightly undersized, his critics always said that he was too small to play in college. This fueled him to double his efforts on the court, in the weightroom, and in the classroom. At Bishop Manogue High School, he was a standout football player and basketball player. He was Sierra League POY his junior and senior seasons and took Manogue to their first 4A state tournament.
Overlooked by larger schools, Bobby signed with Oregon Tech, a Division II NAIA school in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He averaged 20 points ppg and led his team to a Division II NAIA National Championship. Determined to play at a higher level, Bobby transferred to Sante Fe College in Gainesville, FL and averaged 25 ppg (second highest nationwide for junior college). With a good number of D-1 offers on the table, Bobby chose Illinois State University. His coach at ISU stated: “Hunter is Illinois State’s best leader, best defender, best scorer and the team’s most consistent, dedicated and mentally tough player. He’s been everything that a coach would want in a player, especially in a point guard. They should write an article about this kid every day. I just love to talk about Bobby Hunter.”
Bobby has always been a source of great pride for the city of Reno and is currently teaching and coaching high school sports. He founded Nevada Redbirds, a high school travel program here in Reno, Nevada. Bobby just welcomed his first child, Nye Allaire Hunter with his beautiful fiancé Ali Testa.