Georgia State Basketball: Ron Hunter Wants To Stay With Program

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 12: Head coach Ron Hunter of the Georgia State Panthers directs his team against the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks at GSU Sports Arena on January 12, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Hunter coaches his fifth annual barefoot game in support of Samaritan's Feet, an organization that provides shoes for underprivileged children in over 62 countries around the world. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ron Hunter is happy to stay with Georgia State.

Ron Hunter, who this week signed a six-year contract agreement to remain head men's basketball coach at Georgia State, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he could eventually retire as a member of the university:

"I love the community of Atlanta and Georgia State," he said. "I could retire here. People think that’s crazy but when you are happy, that’s all that matters."

Hunter led the Panthers to a 22-12 record in 2011, his first season with the school after 17 years at IUPUI. It was the second highest win total in school history.

Hunter's new deal an annual base salary of $350,000 for six years, a raise of $50,000 year over his previous five-year deal. There was some worry that Hunter's success would lead to a job with a bigger university, but Hunter says he's happy in Atlanta:

"I’m not driven by money, I’m driven by happiness," he said. "I want to build something special. I won’t say what special is. I’m working on that right now."

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