Pacific's Lunt finding his way in Forest Grove
It's been just over two months since Justin Lunt was hired as the men's basketball coach at Pacific University. Since then, it's been a whirlwind of activity for the former University of Puget Sound head coach, including acclimating himself to his new surroundings, recruiting talent and — last but certainly not least — immersing himself in the community that he one day hopes will help him and his team succeed at the highest level.
"We were really dialed in to the community in Tacoma, and we're hoping to establish a similar culture in Forest Grove," said Lunt. "I don't know what it's going to take to get where we want to be in the community, but I'm going to do whatever I need to do to get us there."
Originally from San Diego, Lunt attended and played basketball at Pacific Lutheran University, and after graduating, he coached briefly at Fife High School just outside of Tacoma, Wash. He then spent a year
as an assistant at Division-II
St. Martin's University before serving two seasons in a similar role at UPS, prior to accepting the head job for the
Loggers in April 2007.
Lunt accumulated a 180-129 record in his 12 seasons at UPS, finished above .500 in six of those seasons, and claimed a Northwest Conference championship in 2008-09, a season which he was recognized as the NWC Coach of the Year. He likes to play an up-tempo, entertaining style of basketball, which he hopes will lure in area fans to watch his team play.
"We'll be a fun team to watch," Lunt said. "We implemented the system last year at Puget Sound, and it really brought in a lot of non-Puget Sound people to watch us play. I'm hoping to make the community part of what we're trying to do here."
As part of that process, Lunt is offering a series of basketball camps this summer, and a series of shooting clinics in the fall.
His July camp is being held at Pacific University's Stoller Center, from July 23 to July 26. It is available for kids in first through eighth grades, and it offers both half- and full-day options, starting at 9 a.m. and finishing at either noon or 4 p.m. depending on the session.
The August camp will be held Aug. 13 to Aug. 15 and will also offer half- and full-day sessions.
Lunt's camps will feature "high-level" coaching from collegiate coaches and players, an evaluation form on skills and fundamentals, two full-court games every day, and awards for competition winners, as well as T-shirts and basketballs to commemorate the camp.
In addition, Lunt's shooting clinics, which will be held on consecutive Sundays starting Sept. 9 and running through Oct. 7, will offer kids two-hour tutorials focusing on developing proper shooting fundamentals through both individual and group instruction, along with practice, drills and competition.
"The camps are about giving back to the community," Lunt said. "It's a way to be involved in the community, work on some fundamental shooting, and allow the kids to be a part of a positive environment and encourage leadership skills. Every session, our goal is to get them to leave not only as better basketball players, but better people as well."
For more information on Lunt's summer and fall camps, visit coachluntbasketballcamps.com.
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