Claude J. Hunt graduated from DePauw University in 1911. Washington hired Hunt in 1917 after Hunt had guided Carleton College in Minnesota to consecutive undefeated seasons. Hunt did not coach the 1918 squad because he was off fighting World War I. Lincoln High School football coach Tony Savage led the 1918 squad which played only two games (1-1). Hunt's overall record at Washington was 6-3-1.