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 fourth season as the head coach of the Young Harris College women's lacrosse program.

Hurley led the Mountain Lions to their fourth consecutive Gulf South Conference regular season title in 2019. The team finished with an 11-7 record overall and a 7-1 record in the GSC. The 2019 Gulf South Coach of the Year had six players named to the All-GSC team including Co-Player of the year Erika Cross.

Hurley, who was named the 2018 GSC Coach of the Year, made an immediate impact for the Mountain Lions during the 2018 season. Young Harris, which had a program best eight players named to the All-Gulf South team, won its third consecutive GSC regular season and postseason titles as they won a program-record 14 matches.

Young Harris also finished the year ranked fifth in the South region in the NCAA Division II regional rankings. It was the first time in the six-year history of the program that the Mountain Lions had been regionally ranked.

Hurley came to the Enchanted Valley after spending a 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 in 2017 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 came 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 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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Channing Milford

Channing Milford begins her first season as an assistant coach for the Young Harris College women's lacrosse program.

Milford roamed the midfield for the Mountain Lions the past four seasons.

Milford, who started all eight matches as a senior, had scored 11 goals and assisted on eight others for 19 points in the shortened 2020 season. She also picked up 40 draw controls, scooped up 15 ground balls and added six caused turnovers. She was second for the Mountain Lions in draw controls and third in caused turnovers and assists.

In her career, Milford helped lead Young Harris to three Gulf South Conference regular season titles and to two GSC Tournament crowns. She played in 54 matches (32 starts) for the Mountain Lions with 43 goals and 15 assists for 58 points. She tallied 90 draw controls, 77 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers in her stay in the northeast Georgia mountains. Milford ranks ninth in the YHC record books in draw controls, 14th in ground balls and 15th in caused turnovers.

Milford, who earned her bachelor's degree in biology last spring from YHC, was named to the Gulf South Conference Spring Sports Academic Honor Roll.

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