Somehow he's still as energetic as ever, no matter the responsibilities on his plate.

At home, Matt Hunter and his wife, Annie, stay busy chasing around their daughter, Kelsey, who just turned a year old.

At York College, Hunter has spent the last couple months coaching the golf team, as evidenced by the red glow of Hunter's skin. The Spartans won the Capital Athletic Conference golf title on Sunday and Hunter was named the conference Coach of the Year.

Hunter also just wrapped up a recruiting season that saw him bring in what he hopes is his largest recruiting class ever as the men's basketball coach at York College.

York College men s basketball coach Matt Hunter just wrapped up a recruiting season that saw him bring in what he hopes is his largest recruiting class
York College men s basketball coach Matt Hunter just wrapped up a recruiting season that saw him bring in what he hopes is his largest recruiting class ever. The Spartans wound up with a class of 10 players. (File photo)

"Yeah, we should never have to do that again," Hunter said with a grin on his face while chatting in his office at the Grumbacher Center last week. "It's just a necessary thing this year."

Necessary indeed.

The Spartans' basketball team graduates five seniors, four of them starters, from last year's roster of 13 players. Maybe that's exactly why Hunter is so excited. Not only is York's 2013 recruiting class his first official recruiting class as a head college basketball coach, but the talent of the players could take the Spartans to great heights in coming seasons.

The class certainly appears to have what it takes to improve on York's 7-19 record this past winter, including a disappointing 2-10 mark in CAC competition, in Hunter's first season as York's coach. It was the program's worst season since 1997-98 (6-19, 3-11).

There are a few incoming recruits who could turn out to be the next Paul Kouvaris, the Spartans' leading scorer in the 2011-12 season who led the team to the CAC Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament before graduating. That type of player was missing from last year's team, which might best be described as a bunch of solid role players.

"That's a very good definition of what we were," Hunter said. "We had guys that had some specific skill sets. (Two years ago) they were a great team and then Paul (Kouvaris) was 'the guy.' And then last year that 'guy' never really developed."

Parker: Hunter was hoping the 'guy' in his first recruiting class would be Tavon Parker, York High's 6-foot, 3-inch guard who pumped in 20.4 points a game last season and recently committed to play at NCAA Division II Millersville University next season. Parker chose Millersville over a handful of schools, including NCAA D-III York. Parker will join his brother, Kelvin, at Millersville. Kelvin Parker is transferring from Mount St. Mary's, an NCAA Division I program in Emmitsburg, Md.

Hunter doesn't have any regrets on swinging and missing on Tavon Parker.

"That's what you have to do. Our goal here and throughout the whole department is to compete at the championship level. And to be able to do that you have to have those difference-maker players," he said.

Recruits: Hunter and assistant coaches Nick Brady and Ryan Van Zelst put in plenty of time to find difference-makers in their 2013 recruiting class. What resulted is a class of 10 players, including five from Carroll County in Maryland.

Four years from now, we'll find just how successful this recruiting class will be.

-- Reach John Walk at

The recruits

Here's the list of York College recruits, their high school and stats from this past season, where available:

---Chad Barcikowski, Liberty (Md.), 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 16.2 points, five rebounds, 3.1 assists and three steals. Was named the Carroll County Times' Player of the Year.

---Max Bell, Francis Scott Key (Md.), second-leading rebounder in Carroll County, averaged 12.1 boards and 11.6 points.

---Blake Straitman, Francis Scott Key (Md.), averaged 11 points and 5.8 rebounds.

---Dalton Myers, Westminster (Md.), averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds.

---Tyler Alcid, South Carroll (Md.), averaged 11.1 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 steals.

---Austin Hill, Hopewell Valley (N.J.), 6-foot-1 combo guard, averaged 14.3 points. He was a second-team Colonial Valley Conference selection by the Trenton Times and The Trentonian newspapers.

---Brad Wesner, Trinity, averaged 9.8 points. He was a fourth-team selection in the Harrisburg Patriot-News' Big 15 Team, a list of the top players from the Mid-Penn Conference, Tri-Valley League, Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference and Lebanon County.

---Ryan Beaver, Central Dauphin, averaged 9.9 points. He was a Harrisburg Patriot-News' Big 15 fourth-team selection.

---Evan Crosby, McQuaid Jesuit (N.Y.), averaged 2.6 points.

---Kyle McCloskey, Council Rock North, a 6-foot-6 forward.