Cumberland's Hunt named NAIA baseball coach of the year

Virtue is its own reward.

Winning comes with additional benefits.

Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt proved as much Wednesday when the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association named him its national coach of the year. Hunt led Cumberland to the 2014 NAIA World Series title in addition to the Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament championships.

“It is a great honor when your peers recognize your accomplishments, but as I’ve said many times, this is really a team award,” Hunt said in a release from the university. “Our club went through a tough stretch in March but then continually got better each week in April and May and we got tremendous contributions from so many players along the way that allowed us to win another national championship.”

Hunt is the winningest active NAIA coach with a career record of 1,452-604-4 and has led his team to 40 or more victories in 20 of the last 22 seasons. The Bulldogs were 49-20 in 2014 and became the only No. 10 seed to win the national championship.

He has had 64 players earn NAIA All-America honors and 79 sign professional contracts.

He also was the NAIA national coach of the year in 2010, which also was the last time Cumberland won the NAIA crown.