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Larry Hunter, former NC State assistant and Western Carolina coach, dies at 68

Former N.C. State assistant basketball coach Larry Hunter speaks with Marcus Melvin in 2002. Hunter died Friday from a stroke.
Former N.C. State assistant basketball coach Larry Hunter speaks with Marcus Melvin in 2002. Hunter died Friday from a stroke. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Larry Hunter, a former N.C. State assistant and Western Carolina head basketball coach, died Friday morning at WakeMed Cary after a massive stroke, the school announced.

Hunter, 68, made five different stops along his 47-year career coaching college basketball. He was an assistant at N.C. State from 2001-05.

Hunter loved the sport of basketball, but "above it all, he loved teaching, educating, and reveled in the successes of his student-athletes not just on the court, but in life," a statement from Western said.

"His eyes would light up when talking about what his former players were doing with their lives after basketball — or when players would visit with their families, wives and children," the statement said. "It was Hunter's extended family, bound through a common tie of basketball."

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