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.