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Former College Basketball Coach Is On Life Support After Suffering 'Massive Stroke'

A game ball for the NCAA Tournament.

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A former veteran college basketball coach is on life support after reportedly suffering a "massive stroke." He retired from coaching less than two months ago.

Larry Hunter, who coached Western Carolina from 2005 through this past season, suffered a massive stroke over the weekend. Hunter is currently hospitalized.

"The continued thoughts, prayers and well wishes of the Catamount Nation are with Larry Hunter and his wife, Mary, during this trying time," read part of the WCU official statement. "It is requested that we continue to respect the family's wishes for privacy."

During his time at Western Carolina, the 68-year-old Hunter compiled a 193-229 overall record. He reached the CIT in 2010 and the CBI in 2016.

Prior to arriving at WCU, Hunter was an assistant coach at NC State from 2001-05. Before that, he coached Ohio University from 1989-2001.

At Ohio, Hunter took the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and the NIT in 1995. Hunter began his head coaching career at Wittenberg from 1976-89, where he won 80 percent of his games and captured a Division III national title in 1977.

Our best wishes are with Hunter and his family.