MOSES LAKE — Jake Hunt has played or coached under some of the best athletic minds in the state.
Hunt played for Mike Thacker, who eclipsed 500 wins in 2018, at Moses Lake High School and Mark Poth, one of the most revered coaches in the NWAC, at Big Bend Community College. As a coach, Hunt was an assistant and defensive coordinator for John Hohman with the Chiefs and a football assistant coach for Greg Kittrell and Todd Griffith.
“Poth as done nothing but win,” Hunt said. “John and his dad (Wayne Hohman) have done nothing but win.”
Now, Hunt will finally get an opportunity to helm his own program. Moses Lake’s athletic department announced Wednesday that Hunt will be the new head boys basketball coach.
“This is kind of my dream job,” he said.
This is Hunt’s first head coaching position after two decades in an assistant role. He started as a volunteer under Lonny Brown and assistant for Brant Mayo before carving out his role as defensive coordinator for Hohman the last five to six seasons.
Defense has always been Hunt’s calling card and that will continue as he transitions into the lead role.
“That’s really the imprint that I want to lead with now — that defense, that nastiness,” he said.
Hunt was a part of Moses Lake’s recent run to three state tournament appearances, including a spot in the quarterfinals in 2015.
Hunt was a three-year varsity football and basketball player with Moses Lake before advancing to play for Poth at Big Bend and graduating from Eastern Washington University. After graduation, he returned to teach English at MLHS.