I would not run a morning practice - Matt Hurst
The 2019-20 season marks the fifth year of Matt Hurst’s tenure as an assistant coach on the Nittany Lions' Swimming & Diving staff. Both the Penn State men’s and women’s teams have scored at the NCAA Championships each year of his tenure with a total of 19 swimmers qualifying. Hurst arrived at Penn State University after a 12-year tenure at Southern Connecticut State, first as a student-athlete and then as an assistant coach for eight years. In addition to his responsibilities with Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), Hurst also coached at SoNoCo Swim Club. He was a 2012 Junior National Team Coach and qualified four individuals for the Olympic Trials. In 2009, Hurst attended the FINA World Championships as an assistant coach with the Dominican Republic. Hurst spent the 2006-07 academic year as an assistant coach at Wesleyan University before returning to the Owls at SCSU. In his position at Wesleyan, Hurst worked with the team's sprinters and breaststrokers. He also led the team's strength and conditioning and dryland programs. During his time at Wesleyan, Hurst coached two All-Americans and one Academic All-American. As a student-athlete at SCSU, Hurst was a two-year captain, 11-time All-American, school record holder, and U.S. national qualifier. A corporate communications major as an undergraduate, Hurst also garnered Academic All-America honors three times. He also completed his master's degree at SCSU in human performance. Hurst grew up in Haverford where he was an All-American with the swim team. Hurst also competed for Upper Main Line YMCA, where he was a 26-time All-American.
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