(updated July 2013)
Sam Lunt, the longest tenured athletic trainer at Florida State and the longest tenured member of the men’s basketball staff, is in his 30th season as a member of the Seminole athletic staff. He is responsible for the athletic training and medical operations for the nationally ranked men’s basketball team.
Lunt oversees the medical needs for the Seminoles men’s basketball team and teaches courses in the sports medicine department.
Lunt began working with the men’s basketball team in 1988 and is the longest tenured member of the Florida State basketball staff. The Seminoles have appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments, four NIT tournaments and won the 2012 ACC and 1991Metro Conference Championships with Lunt on the sidelines. He has been the trainer for both of Florida State’s NBA Draft Lottery selections: Al Thornton in 2007 and George McCloud in 1989 and worked extensively with Toney Douglas who was selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft and Chris Singleton who was selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft.
Lunt came to Florida State in 1983 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Miami. While at Miami, he worked as a student trainer in the Hurricane athletic department and served as an assistant trainer with the Miami Dolphins of the NFL during the summer of 1982.
As a graduate assistant at Florida State, Lunt worked with the Seminole football team while earning his master’s degree in sports psychology. During the 1985 spring football season, he worked for the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL.
Lunt was a member of the training staff at the 1989 World University Games in Duisburg, Germany, the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival and 1991 AAU Junior Olympics that were held in Tallahassee.
Lunt was named the Professional Outreach Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida in 2004. He became the first recipient of the award given by the ATAF to the trainer who has done their best to advance the profession and the association.
Lunt, 52, is married to the former Agnes Bundick. The couple has three children: Ryan, (16) and 13-year old twins,Sean and Erin.
He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.