Blunt joins coaching staff

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 14, 2008

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY—Courtland native Larry Blunt has joined the basketball coaching staff at Hampden-Sydney College as an assistant.

He becomes the final member of the newly renovated staff headed by new coach Dee Vick.

Blunt, who comes to the Tiger program after spending two years as an assistant at Division II Shaw University of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), brings coaching and recruiting experience to The Hill.

Aside from his traditional assistant coaching duties, Blunt will be charged with monitoring academic progress, assisting with weight training and conditioning programs, and recruiting student-athletes to Hampden-Sydney.

“We are very excited to have Larry Blunt join the Hampden-Sydney family,” said Vick. “He brings a high level of enthusiasm and passion to our program. Larry is skilled at building positive relationships and he will be a terrific representative of the college on the recruiting trail.”

Blunt was a two-year letterman in football at Elizabeth City State University before transferring to James Madison University where he completed his collegiate career. Blunt graduated from James Madison in May 2005 with a degree in Public Administration.

Upon graduation, Blunt served as an assistant basketball coach at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg during the 2005-06 season before leaving for Raleigh, N.C., and Shaw University in 2006. Blunt was instrumental in all aspects of the coaching process at Shaw, including the recruitment of an ACC and SEC transfer to the Bears’ roster. Shaw University also competed in the same, highly competitive conference as perennial Division II powerhouses Virginia Union University and Virginia State University.

Blunt said he feels excited about beginning his Hampden-Sydney career at the same time as Vick.

“I am very appreciative and excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Vick at Hampden-Sydney College,” Blunt said. “I have a great respect for the tradition of Hampden-Sydney College, both academically and athletically, and will do my best to represent the college with the utmost pride, dignity and respect.”

Hampden-Sydney competes in the Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.