Thom Hunt enters his ninth year coaching the mens cross country team at San Diego Mesa College. Under his guidance, the program has won the past seven Pacific Coast Conference titles from 2006-2012. During that span the team has had 39 all-conference performers. In addition, the team has finished second at the state championships in both 2007 and 2008 and third in 2011. Hunt has coached individual state champions Daniel Gonia (2007) and Muluken Beressa (2008). Along with Gonia and Beressa the program under Hunt has had eight other all-state performances under his tenure.
In addition to coaching, Hunt is the secretary of the Cross Country Executive Council of USATF. Locally, he serves as the mens long distance running chair for the San Diego-Imperial Association of USATF. Coach Hunt is a Level 1 USATF certified coach.
Before coaching, Hunt had a successful international running career that spanned 17 years. In high school, Hunt set the national record in the indoor mile with a time of 4:02.7. As a freshman at the University of Arizona, he won the Junior International Cross Country title. He was also a seven-time NCAA All-American. During his post collegiate career, Hunt competed in four US Olympic Trials and set an American Record in the 10k on the roads with a 28:12 in 1981.
Coach Hunt is married to Caroline Marshall and they have three children; Marshall, Claire, and Chloe. He also plays drums for The Jackals, a no-frills rock n roll band.