October 11, 1905|
Texico, New Mexico, U.S.
July 24, 1978 (aged 72)|
Teague, Texas, U.S.
Columbus Senators/Red Birds
Rochester Red Wings
St. Louis Cardinals
Running back, punter, kicker (football)|
Right fielder (baseball)
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Marshall (TX) JC
Texas A&M (assistant)
Buffalo Bills (assistant)
Baltimore Colts (assistant)
|Head coaching record|
College Football Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1967 (profile)
Oliver Joel "Lil' Joel" Hunt (October 11, 1905 – July 24, 1978) was American football and baseball player and coach of football. He played college football at Texas A&M University from 1925 to 1927 and served as the head football coach at the University of Georgia in 1938 and the University of Wyoming in 1939. Hunt also played professional baseball in the minor leagues and briefly with the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1967.
College football playing career
Hunt played for Texas A&M from 1925 to 1927. While in college, Hunt was a running back, punter, place kicker and defensive player. Playing in 27 games during his career, he scored 30 touchdowns, 5 field goals and 29 extra points. Coach John Heisman, who was the head coach at Rice University during Hunt's years at Texas A&M and saw Hunt play, asserted that Hunt was "the greatest all-around player I ever saw."
Coaching and professional baseball career
After college, Hunt served as head football coach at Marshall (Texas) Junior College (1928–1929). He also played professional baseball, spending most of his time in the minor leagues, but also playing 16 games in the major leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1931–32. Hunt was assistant coach at Texas A&M University (1930–1932) and at Louisiana State University (1933–1936). He became the head football coach at Georgia in 1938 and completed his only season there with a 5–4–1 record.
At Georgia, Hunt was a surprise replacement for the popular head coach Harry Mehre. Although Hunt's 5–4–1 record as a head coach was respectable, his most important contribution to Georgia Bulldogs football was a coaching assistant that he brought with him, Wally Butts. Butts became Georgia's head coach in 1939 and continued in that position until 1960.
After Georgia, Hunt became the head football coach at the University of Wyoming in 1939, where he had a disappointing 0–7–1 record. Following his brief stint as head coach at Georgia and Wyoming, Hunt returned to being assistant coach, coaching at the collegiate and professional levels: again with LSU (1940–1941, 1945–1947), with the Buffalo Bills of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) in 1949, the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League (NFL) in 1950, and at the University of Houston in 1955.
Honors and later life
Head coaching record
- Joel Hunt at the College Football Hall of Fame
- Joel Hunt at the College Football Data Warehouse
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube