Coaches

Hal Hunter
Offensive Line Coach
College:
Northwestern
Hometown:
Canonsburg, PA
Experience:
10

Hal Hunter enters his third season with the Indianapolis Colts and first as offensive line coach. He spent the last two years (2013-14) as the team’s assistant offensive line coach. Hunter holds over 30 years of coaching experience and joined the Colts following seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers (2006-2012).

 

Last season, he worked with an offensive line that saw 11 different starting lineups throughout the year. The line helped pave the way for the team to set franchise single-season records in net yards (6,506) and net passing yards (4,894), while recording its second-highest point total (458) for a season. The Colts allowed only 29.0 sacks in 2014, which ranked eighth in the NFL and was the lowest total for the team since the 2010 campaign.

 

In 2013, Hunter assisted an offensive line that blocked for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw for 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns, while only allowing 32.0 sacks on the year, which ranked sixth in the NFL and fourth in the AFC. Indianapolis rushed for 1,743 yards on the season, which was the highest total for the team since 2006. Hunter also helped manage an offensive line that saw seven different starting lineups throughout the season.

 

In 2012, Hunter served as San Diego’s offensive coordinator/offensive line coach following five years as the offensive line coach and one season as assistant offensive line coach. In his final season with the Chargers, the offense featured quarterback Philip Rivers who threw for 3,606 yards and 26 touchdowns, marking his fifth consecutive season with 3,500-plus passing yards. Wide receiver Malcom Floyd also established his second-best receiving total for a single season with 814 yards while contributing with five touchdowns.

 

Under Hunter’s guidance, the Chargers offensive line garnered eight Pro Bowl selections, while blocking for three Pro Bowl running backs. From 2006-2012, the Chargers averaged 1,843 rushing yards per season and scored a total of 119 rushing touchdowns, which ranked second in the NFL during that span. In addition, the line ranked ninth in sacks allowed during that time frame.

 

Prior to joining the Chargers, Hunter spent 24 years coaching at the collegiate level, including a four-year stint at the University of North Carolina as the offensive line coach (2002-05). He also spent two seasons at Indiana University as the school’s offensive coordinator (2000-01). With the Hoosiers, Hunter coached Big Ten Player of the Year Antwaan Randle El who posted 1,783 passing yards, 1,270 rushing yards and 23 combined touchdowns in 2000.

 

Hunter coached at Louisiana State University where he served as assistant head coach and interim head coach in 1999 following four seasons as the school’s offensive line coach. His other collegiate coaching stops include Vanderbilt University (1991-94), the University of Akron (1987-1990), Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1986), Columbia University (1985), the University of Pittsburgh (1983-84) and the College of William & Mary (1982).

 

Hunter was born in Canonsburg, Pa., and was a standout in football and wrestling at Belle Vernon (Pa.) High School. He became a Dean’s List student at Northwestern University and graduated with honors, earning a degree in communications and economics. Hunter’s football career with the Wildcats ended prematurely in 1978 due to injury, but he remained with the team, working with the offensive line and serving as the assistant strength coach.

 

Hunter and his wife, Tracy, have two sons, Hal T. and Andrew. His father (Hal Sr.) was the offensive line coach for the Colts from 1982-84 and also served as the team’s interim head coach for the regular season finale of the 1984 season.

 

Coaching Career

1982                William & Mary           Outside Linebackers/Strength Coach

1983-1984       Pittsburgh                    Offensive Line

1985                Columbia                     Offensive Line

1986                Indiana (Pa.)               Offensive Line

1987-1990       Akron                          Offensive Line

1991-1993       Vanderbilt                    Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends

1994                Vanderbilt                    Offensive Line

1995-1998       Louisiana State           Offensive Line

1999                Louisiana State           Assistant Head Coach/Interim Head Coach

2000-2001       Indiana                        Offensive Coordinator

2002-2005       North Carolina             Offensive Line

2006                San Diego Chargers   Assistant Offensive Line

2007-2011       San Diego Chargers   Offensive Line

2012                San Diego Chargers   Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

2013-2014       Indianapolis Colts        Assistant Offensive Line

2015                Indianapolis Colts        Offensive Line

Hal Hunter enters his third season with the Indianapolis Colts and first as offensive line coach. He spent the last two years (2013-14) as the team’s assistant offensive line coach. Hunter holds over 30 years of coaching experience and joined the Colts following seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers (2006-2012).

 

Last season, he worked with an offensive line that saw 11 different starting lineups throughout the year. The line helped pave the way for the team to set franchise single-season records in net yards (6,506) and net passing yards (4,894), while recording its second-highest point total (458) for a season. The Colts allowed only 29.0 sacks in 2014, which ranked eighth in the NFL and was the lowest total for the team since the 2010 campaign.

 

In 2013, Hunter assisted an offensive line that blocked for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw for 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns, while only allowing 32.0 sacks on the year, which ranked sixth in the NFL and fourth in the AFC. Indianapolis rushed for 1,743 yards on the season, which was the highest total for the team since 2006. Hunter also helped manage an offensive line that saw seven different starting lineups throughout the season.

 

In 2012, Hunter served as San Diego’s offensive coordinator/offensive line coach following five years as the offensive line coach and one season as assistant offensive line coach. In his final season with the Chargers, the offense featured quarterback Philip Rivers who threw for 3,606 yards and 26 touchdowns, marking his fifth consecutive season with 3,500-plus passing yards. Wide receiver Malcom Floyd also established his second-best receiving total for a single season with 814 yards while contributing with five touchdowns.

 

Under Hunter’s guidance, the Chargers offensive line garnered eight Pro Bowl selections, while blocking for three Pro Bowl running backs. From 2006-2012, the Chargers averaged 1,843 rushing yards per season and scored a total of 119 rushing touchdowns, which ranked second in the NFL during that span. In addition, the line ranked ninth in sacks allowed during that time frame.

 

Prior to joining the Chargers, Hunter spent 24 years coaching at the collegiate level, including a four-year stint at the University of North Carolina as the offensive line coach (2002-05). He also spent two seasons at Indiana University as the school’s offensive coordinator (2000-01). With the Hoosiers, Hunter coached Big Ten Player of the Year Antwaan Randle El who posted 1,783 passing yards, 1,270 rushing yards and 23 combined touchdowns in 2000.

 

Hunter coached at Louisiana State University where he served as assistant head coach and interim head coach in 1999 following four seasons as the school’s offensive line coach. His other collegiate coaching stops include Vanderbilt University (1991-94), the University of Akron (1987-1990), Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1986), Columbia University (1985), the University of Pittsburgh (1983-84) and the College of William & Mary (1982).

 

Hunter was born in Canonsburg, Pa., and was a standout in football and wrestling at Belle Vernon (Pa.) High School. He became a Dean’s List student at Northwestern University and graduated with honors, earning a degree in communications and economics. Hunter’s football career with the Wildcats ended prematurely in 1978 due to injury, but he remained with the team, working with the offensive line and serving as the assistant strength coach.

 

Hunter and his wife, Tracy, have two sons, Hal T. and Andrew. His father (Hal Sr.) was the offensive line coach for the Colts from 1982-84 and also served as the team’s interim head coach for the regular season finale of the 1984 season.

 

Coaching Career

1982                William & Mary           Outside Linebackers/Strength Coach

1983-1984       Pittsburgh                    Offensive Line

1985                Columbia                     Offensive Line

1986                Indiana (Pa.)               Offensive Line

1987-1990       Akron                          Offensive Line

1991-1993       Vanderbilt                    Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends

1994                Vanderbilt                    Offensive Line

1995-1998       Louisiana State           Offensive Line

1999                Louisiana State           Assistant Head Coach/Interim Head Coach

2000-2001       Indiana                        Offensive Coordinator

2002-2005       North Carolina             Offensive Line

2006                San Diego Chargers   Assistant Offensive Line

2007-2011       San Diego Chargers   Offensive Line

2012                San Diego Chargers   Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

2013-2014       Indianapolis Colts        Assistant Offensive Line

2015                Indianapolis Colts        Offensive Line