Sandy Hunter

Inducted Year in 2003

Hunter ran track at Weaver High School for two years before graduating second in her class in 1973. At Jacksonville State, she played volleyball, basketball and tennis then graduated with honors in 1977. After one year as softball coach at Ohatchee, Hunter returned to Weaver where her girls’ track teams were AHSAA Class 3A state champion in 1981 and Calhoun County champions in 1981 and 1982.

In the 1982-83 school year Hunter moved to the newly opened Pleasant Valley School and remained for 20 years. In 1984 the Raiders captured the first of the five AHSAA state volleyball championships won under Hunter’s tutelage. Other state volleyball titles followed in 1987, 1988, 1996 and 1997.

Hunter was instrumental in helping establish the AHSAA state softball tournament. That work came to fruition when the first state softball tournament was played in 1986. That year Pleasant Valley won the Class 1A-2A-3A tournament, the first of seven state titles in softball. The Raiders were also state champions in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1996.

At the state level, teams coached by Hunter finished second six times in volleyball and once in softball.

Hunter coached Pleasant Valley to 10 Calhoun County volleyball tournament championships and 10 Calhoun County softball tournament titles. She was Calhoun County Coach of the Year nine times in softball and five times in volleyball.

Hunter’s teams finished second in Calhoun County competition seven times in volleyball, three times in softball and once in track.

Her Pleasant Valley teams were 798-160 overall in volleyball and 546-93 in softball.

The 13 state championships claimed by Hunter’s teams constitute an unprecedented record of success. More than 40 of her players received athletic scholarships.

In 1998 Jacksonville State named Hunter the school’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation Outstanding Alumni. Hunter was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.