Young Harris College

Young Harris College Athletics
1 College Street • P.O. Box 37 Young Harris, GA 30582
Division 2 Georgia Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Samantha Hurley

Samantha Hurley begins her first season as the head coach of the Young Harris College women's lacrosse program.

Hurley comes to the Enchanted Valley as spending the past year as an assistant coach at Mercer University, located in Macon, Georgia.

Hurley helped guide the NCAA Division I Bears to a 13-6 record last season as they tied for third place in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The 13 wins also was the most in the program's short three-year history.

Hurley comes to Mercer after spending three years as an assistant coach at Roanoke College. While at the Salem, Virginia, institution, Hurley's duties included skill instruction, practice and game planning/implementation, film analysis and recruiting.

Hurley has also served as the head coach at Midwestern Force for three years, coaching players in the 2016 graduating class. She has also coached at numerous camps over the past three years, helping to instruct players of all ages and skill levels.

Hurley was a four-year member of the women's lacrosse team at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. She played both midfield and attack, helping Lock Haven to win two conference championships and earn three bids to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Hurley ended her career with nine goals and three assists for a total of 12 points. She also tallied 15 ground balls, 11 draw controls and eight caused turnovers in 30 games played.

Hurley graduated from Lock Haven in 2013 with her bachelor's degree in recreation management. She also earned a minor in psychology.

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Kirsten Smith

Kirsten Smith begins her first season as the assistant coach for the Young Harris College women's lacrosse program.

Smith comes to the Enchanted Valley after spending three seasons at Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. Smith was the interim head coach of the women's lacrosse program last season after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach. In 2017, the Bulldogs posted a school-record for victories (13) and advanced to the South Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse tournament championship game for the first time in the program's history. Wingate won 31 matches during Smith's three seasons with the program.

Smith joined the Bulldog family following a successful academic and athletic career at SAC member Lenoir-Rhyne University. On the field, the 2015 L-R grad completed her Bears' career with 110 points (85 goals and 25 assists), 90 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. The midfielder served as a team captain during her senior season.

Smith received her bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in in sports studies from Lenoir-Rhyne. Smith was a member of the Mortar Board senior honors society and the Chi Alpha Sigma athletic honors society.

Smith spent the summer of 2014 as a student assistant coach for the Queen City Stars club lacrosse team in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has two summers of experience as an assistant coach for the Cyclones of Southern Maryland girls' lacrosse team. Smith worked three summers as a lacrosse coach and horseback riding instructor at the Sandy Hill Camp and Retreat Center in North East, Maryland.

The Dunkirk, Maryland. native holds a US Lacrosse Level I coaching certification. While at Lenoir-Rhyne, Smith served two years on the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with a stint as the group's secretary. As a senior, she was an L-R peer tutor.

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