During her athletic career, Jean Hunt coached basketball, softball, field hockey, volleyball, soccer, track, and badminton. Hunt’s overall sports record was an amazing 502 wins, 139 losses, and 44 ties. Hunt’s teams won 11 state championships, eight conference championships, and enjoyed 20 undefeated seasons in six sports.
“When we first started basketball in the 1950s and ‘60s, we were only able to use the gym on Tuesday and Friday afternoons because the boys played their games at night. We played may-be six games in a season.”
Hunt officiated basketball for 24 years, both on the high school and college levels. She served as Chairman of the Connecticut Board of Women Officials and as CIAC Committee Member for Tournament Play.
Hunt has received numerous honors. In 1985, she was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame. In 1986, the CIAC Class M Most Valuable Player Trophy was named in her honor. She was inducted into the New Agenda: Northeast Hall of Fame in 1989 and received the Field Hockey Coach GOLD AWARD - a National High School Coaching Award.
Hunt received the NAGWS Pathfinder Award (1992), was honored with the Project Acclaim Mentor award in 1996 by NAGWS, was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame (1998) and in 1999, received CT’s “Best of CENTURY” award from the Hartford Courant in the multi-sport category. Hunt was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame and the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Litchfield Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. She was honored with the CT Sports Writer’s Alliance Gold Key Award in 2001.