Johnson "Jeep" Hunter, formerly the running backs coach at the University of Memphis, enters his second season on the Georgia Tech staff as tight ends coach.
He made an impact on two seniors this past season in the form of Georgia Cooper and Michael Matthews. Both were given free agent contracts to play in the National Football League. Cooper was given an opportunity with the Atlanta Falcons, while Matthews was signed by the New York Giants.
Before coming to Tech in February of 2006, Hunter spent the previous three seasons on Tommy West's staff at Memphis, where he worked with all-America running back D'Angelo Williams, the nation's leading rusher in 2005 with 178.6 yards per game. Williams rushed for more than 6,000 yards and 55 touchdowns in his career and finished as the NCAA's all-time leader in all-purpose yards. Hunter helped the Tigers reach a bowl game each of his three seasons there.
Hunter served an NFL Minority Internship with the St. Louis Rams in the summer of 2001.
A native of Denver, N.C., Hunter went to Memphis in 2003 after two seasons at Eastern Kentucky, where he coached the secondary. In 2001, the Colonels ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division I-AA in all defensive categories. He also spent one season (2000) coaching defensive backs at UT-Chattanooga.
Hunter first worked with West at Clemson, where he served as a graduate assistant for two seasons (1996-97) and then spent one year as Assistant Athletics Director for Football Management.
Hunter played college football at Catawba College, an NAIA Division II school, in Salisbury, N.C., for three years before suffering a career-ending knee injury. He remained at Catawba as a student assistant coach from 1987-1990 before moving on to Bandys High School in Catawba, N.C., as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator for three seasons (1991-93).
From 1994-96, Hunter was an assistant football coach at North Carolina A&T State University, where he worked with wide receivers, outside linebackers and defensive backs.
Hunter, 39, received his bachelor's degree in business administration/physical education from Catawba College in 1991. He is married to the former Susan Potokar of Cleveland, Ohio, and the couple has a two-year old daughter, Sophia Marie, and a son, Joshua Thomas, born on May 4, 2007.