Do you believe that you can turn something that you are passionate about into a career and make the most out of it? This might sound crazy, especially since the odds of making it in life can be slim. However, the story of Gavin Hunt refutes this theory and rekindles the hope of being famous because of pursuing your passion.
Gavin Hunt is among the highest-paid coaches in the South African Premier Soccer League. He has been a coach for the past twenty-five years after retiring from the sport as a football player. His skill in the sport has cemented his name in the league, as he has coached several teams and worn a couple of trophies and awards. Would you like to know how his journey has been? How about reading on to find out more?
Gavin Hunt profile
- Full name: Gavin John Hunt
- Date of birth: 11th July 1964
- Place of birth: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
- Nationality: South African
- Profession: Former football player and football coach
- Marital status: Divorced
Gavin Hunt biography
Gavin Hunt is not a new name in the world of South African soccer. The talented coach has the sport tagged to his name because of how committed he is. He has always been associated with the success that the teams that he has worked with. How about getting into bits to know him more?
Gavin Hunt age
He was born on 11th July 1964. He will be turning fifty-six in July 2020.
Gavin Hunt wife
He was married to Karen Hunt, and their marriage gave rise to two children, although they divorced in 2013.
Gavin Hunt stats
During his prime years, he was a talented player, and he played for two teams. He was a defender in Hellenic FC between 1981 and 1994. During this period, he scored six goals out of the 302 appearances that he made. In 1993, he featured in Ajax Spurs Cape Town where he made 11 appearances but did not score any goals.
He retired from the sport in 1994 after he suffered from an Achilles tendon. However, his retirement did not mark the end of the journey in football. He transitioned to becoming a coach, the one thing that cemented his name in the sport. Between 1995 and 1998, he coached Seven Stars. In 1998, he joined Hellenic FC and coached the team until 2001. In 2001, he got an opportunity at Black Leopards where he coached until 2002. In 2002, he landed an opportunity at Moroka Swallows where he coached the team for five years.
In 2007, he joined SuperSport United Football Club and world in the club for six years. Training SuperSport was one of his most successful experiences as the won the PSL championships in the 2007-2008 and the 2009-2010 seasons. In 2013, he landed an opportunity in Bidvest Wits, and he has coached the team for the past seven years. 2020 has seen a lot of uncertainties in his career, and he has hinted that he could consider offers from outside the country if the PSL bosses do not interfere with his job.
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Gavin Hunt on Chiefs
Gavin Hunt has always turned down any claims of him coaching Kaizer Chiefs. However, there have been speculations that he might consider the move. This is after Bidvest Wits, the team that he has been coaching for the past seven years, was sold to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila. He has always stated that he cannot coach Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates because he always needs to have control of the signings.
Gavin Hunt trophies
Even though he retired from football more than two decades ago, his coaching career has been the one thing that has earned him fame. These are the honours that he has bagged during his cThe First Division Coastal Stream award in the 1997/98 season.
- ABSA Cup award in 2004 while at Moroka Swallows
- Coach of the Year award in 2008
- Premier Soccer League in 2008
- Premier Soccer League in 2009
- Premier Soccer League in 2010
- The Nedbank Cup in 2012
- MTN 8 in 2016
- The Premier Soccer League for the 2016/2017 season
- The Telkom Knockout Cup in 2017
Apart from the trophies that he bagged, he also won the following awards:
- Coach of the Year award in 2002 while at Black Leopards
- Premier Soccer League in 2008 while at SuperSport United
- Coach of the Year award in 2009 and 2010
Gavin Hunt salary
His experience and expertise in soccer have earned him a spot in the list of the highest-paid coaches in the PSL and in the country at large. His salary ranges between R300,000 and R400,000.
Gavin Hunt news
There have been speculations about what the future holds for him due to the changes at Bidvest Wits. He has not revealed what his next move would be. Instead, he states that he is focusing on seeing Bidvest Wits through the season.
During an interview with IOL, he made the following remarks:
There's nothing at the moment. My focus is to finish off well at Wits. Whatever happens, must happen. I can't predict the future, nobody predicted this.
I want to keep working; wherever that is going to be, I don't know. This came as a surprise. Right now, I don't know what the future holds.
It takes more than courage to face the world and venture into the world of sports since it has a lot of uncertainties. Gavin Hunt was forced to retire from the sport after he experienced an injury. However, he did not let the setback stop his love for the sport. He diversified and became a coach, a career that earned him a title in the country.
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