In 2011, Erin Hurley begins her 17th season as Grinnell College's head swimming and diving coach. As a faculty member she teaches swimming, triathlon, and Lifeguard Instruction courses.
A 1989 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Hurley had a successful career as a Cornhusker swimmer. Competing in breaststroke and individual medley events, she was a three-time Big Eight Conference Champion and a four-time NCAA-All American.
Hurley's first coaching stint involved graduate assisting at the University of Iowa with the women's swim program from 1990-92. While earning an M.A. in physical education (sport psychology) at the University of Iowa, Hurley served as swimming coach at Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa) in 1992-93.
From 1993-95, she was the men's and women's swim coach and aquatics director at Illinois Wesleyan University, a Division III school in Bloomington, Ill. In the spring of 1995, she was honored as the Illinois men's swimming coach of the year in the college division.
Since her arrival at Grinnell, Hurley has been voted MWC Women’s Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2006), MWC Men’s Coach of the Year three times (2005, 2009 and 2011), MWC Coach of the Year three times (1999, 2002, and 2003), and MWC Co-Coach of the Year in 1998.
In 2001, Hurley was voted Iowa Small College Coach of the Year for women's swimming and in 2002 she was recognized as the Iowa Small College Coach of the Year for men's swimming. In 2002 she was also tabbed Iowa Small College Co-Women's coach of the Year. Hurley's women's team has won 13 consecutive Midwest Conference titles (1999-2011), while the men's squad has captured ten straight MWC titles (2002-2011). Both teams continue to be honored by the College Swim Coaches Association for excellence in academics.