Crew Coaching Staff
Ryan HurleyHead Coach
Start Date: 8/1/12
Ryan Hurley: Head Coach/Women’s Varsity Coach
Ryan enters the 2012-2013 as the second Head Coach in program history. He brings to Liberty sixteen years of experience in the sport. Most recently Ryan served as the Head Coach of Virginia Tech working with both the men’s varsity and women’s varsity during his time there. The team saw some of its best success in program history under his direction with the team cracking the top ten in the nation for Club Women’s Eights in 2008 and 2009. The highlight of his time there being winning a silver medal at the 2008 Dad Vail regatta in the Lightweight Women’s Eight and having that boat finish the season ranked 8th in the nation, ahead of several D1 programs.
Prior to his arrival at Blacksburg Ryan was the Head Coach of the Umass Lowell Women’s team while also coaching the Lowell High School Varsity Men. His time there was highlighted by the Lowell High School Men’s Eight receiving a silver medal in the 2004 Fall State Championships.
Ryan got his coaching start in the spring of 2001, serving as the Assistant Novice Coach for two years. It was there he knew he was hooked into making a career out of coaching.
He is a 2001 graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating with a degree in Psychology. During his time rowing he earned a silver medal in the Men’s Lightweight Eight at the 2000 Champion International Regatta. Then was able to cap off his collegiate rowing career 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.
Ryan has been married to his wife Sarah for 10 years now. In his free time he can be found cycling, trail running or chasing around his two sons Cyrus and Seamus.