Ryan Hurley enters his fourth year as the assistant coach for the University of Delaware rowing program in 2016-17.
During the 2015-16 season, he helped Delaware post a fourth place team finish at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships.
He brought to Delaware 17 years of sport specific experience to the Blue Hen coaching staff. Most recently he 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.
Among the highlights 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, Hurley 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, Hurley guided the program 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 No. 8 in the nation.
Before his move to Virginia Tech, Hurley served as the head coach of the UMass-Lowell women’s team while also coaching the Lowell High School varsity men. He led the Lowell High School men’s eight to a sliver medal in the 2004 Fall State Championship.
Hurley starred his coaching in the spring of 2001, serving as the assistant novice coach for two years with Brandeis University in Boston.
He is a 2001 graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating with a degree in psychology and competing as a member of the club rowing team.
During his rowing career at UMass, Hurley earned a bronze medal in the Men’s Lightweight Eight at the 2000 Champion International Regatta. He capped off his collegiate rowing experience by winning a gold medal at the 2001 Avaya Collegiate Championships (now 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.
Hurley and his wife, Sara, have two sons, Cyrus and Seamus.