Ryan Hurley enters his first year as the Assistant Coach for the Delaware rowing program. He brings to Delaware seventeen years of sport specific experience to the Blue Hen coaching staff. Most recently Ryan served as the Head Coach of Liberty University in 2012-13, working primarily with the women’s varsity and novice squads during his tenure with the Flames. One highlight of during his time with Liberty were two appearances in two grand finals at the SIRA Regatta, resulting in a silver medal for the Women’s Lightweight Four, both of which were a program first.
Prior to Liberty University, Ryan coached at Virginia Tech from 2005-2011. The team saw some of its best success in program history under his direction with the team ranking in the national top ten for Club Women’s Eights in 2008 and 2009. With the Hokies, Ryan guided the programmed to a silver medal at the 2008 Dad Vail regatta in the Lightweight Women’s Eight while the Lightweight Women’s eight also finished the season ranked 8th in the nation.
Before his move to Virginia Tech, Ryan was the Head Coach of the Umass Lowell Women’s team while also coaching the Lowell High School Varsity Men. He lead the Lowell High School Men’s eight to a sliver medal in the 2004 Fall State Championship.
Ryan starred his coaching in the spring of 2001, serving as the Assistant Novice Coach for two years with Brandeis University in Boston, Mass. It was at Brandeis that Ryan decided he wanted to pursue a coaching career.
He is a 2001 graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating with a degree in Psychology where he was a member of the club rowing team. Throughout his rowing career, Ryan earned a bronze medal in the Men’s Lightweight Eight at the 2000 Champion International Regatta. He was then able to cap off his collegiate rowing experience by winning a gold medal at the 2001 Avaya Collegiate Championships (now known as the ECAC National Invitational Collegiate Regatta) in the Men’s Heavyweight Four.
He has his Level III US Rowing Coaching Certification and is an AFAA certified personal trainer.
Ryan and his wife, Sara have two sons, Cyrus and Seamus.