Howard Hunte was named the head coach of the Valparaiso University swimming and diving program in April, 2008 and took over the program in July, 2008.
A four-year letterwinner for Fairmont State University from 2002-2006, Hunte served as team captain for three seasons. He mainly swam the backstroke and butterfly, and was part of setting a pool record in the 200 medley relay for the Fighting Falcons. He earned All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference accolades while at Fairmont State.
Growing up in Venezuela, Hunte was ranked among the top-five backstrokers in the country as a teenager. He then moved to the United States in 2000 and competed for the Fort Lauderdale Aquatics club.
Hunte graduated from Fairmont State in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education, with a minor in health. He went on to earn his masters of science in athletic coaching education at West Virginia in 2008.