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  Jim Hurt

Jim Hurt


Glen Cove, N.Y.

Last College:
Notre Dame

Head Coach



Van Pelt Sisters Post Top-10 Finishes in Season Finale At ECAC Championships

Red Storm hosts Bill Ward Track & Field Meet on Dec. 6 to open the track & field season.


Cross Country Concludes Season At ECAC Championships

Three Red Storm sophomores will race in Coaches' Association 5K race.


Sophomore Quartet Competes At NCAA Northeast Regional

Penultimate meet of the season sees Van Pelt sisters post seasonal bests.


Cross Country Returns To Van Cortlandt Park For NCAA Northeast Regional

Friday's Regional meet serves as the qualifier for the NCAA Championship.


St. John's Sophomores Compete At BIG EAST Cross Country Championships

Red Storm places 10th in Somers, Wis. behind trio of top-7 nationally ranked opponents.

Jim Hurt is in his 25th year as the head coach of the St. John's cross country and track & field teams, and his 32nd season overall with the Red Storm.

Since becoming head coach in 1988, Hurt's teams have made an impact at the national, regional and conference levels. His squads have appeared in NCAA Championships for 22 consecutive years and in 16 USA National Championships while winning 23 Metropolitan Conference titles. Under Hurt's leadership, Red Storm teams finished second at the 1996 IC4A Championships, second at the 1989 and 1996 ECAC Indoor Championships and second at the 1993 Cross Country ECAC Championship. The Red Storm has finished as the runner-up at three BIG EAST Championships.

Hurt's student-athletes have excelled in the classroom as well as in the athletic arena. This past year, senior sprinter Rikka Lovely became the second of Hurt's athletes to receive the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Award after cross-country team member Nicole Cocozza was bestowed the honor in 2012. Also in 2013, cross-country stand out Lori Dougherty, Class of '11, received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Honor Award. Previously, distance runner and 3,000-meter NCAA All-American Christian Fogarazzo won NCAA and BIG EAST postgraduate scholarships, while Georgina Bendana and Te-Mika Warner, the latter who went on to attend Harvard Law School, also won BIG EAST postgraduate scholarships in recent years. In 2010-11, the Red Storm track & field team recorded the fourth highest GPA in the nation among Division I programs to qualify them for USTFCCA Academic All-American honors. The cross country team also earned USTFCCA All-American recognition for the 7th straight year in 2012.

Under Hurt's leadership, St. John's athletes & coaches have competed in every major track & field competition in the world including the Olympic Games in 2012 (London), 2004 (Athens), 2000 (Sydney), 1996 (Atlanta), World Championships in Sweden, Japan, Ireland, Poland, Canada and Spain, Pan American Games in Canada and Argentina, the World Student Games in Spain, and the Caribbean Games in Barbados and Guatemala. Red Storm athletes have won 18 individual national titles since 1988, producing 12 USA champions, two Irish national champions, a Jamaican national champion, a Dominican Republic national champion and a Caribbean champion. Since 1991, Hurt's teams have earned 19 NCAA All-American honors and 17 individuals who have competed in the Olympic trials. At the end of the 2012-13 outdoor track season, sophomore Claire Mooney was rewarded for a breakout year of competition by being selected by her native Ireland to compete in the European Athletics Team Championships in Dublin, Ireland.

Led by Coach Hurt, St. John's track & field and cross country programs achieved success on many levels during the 2012-13 season. The cross country team opened its 2012 campaign with back-to-back team victories at the Hostra-Brick Stone Memorial Run and the C.W. Post Invite before placing 12th at the BIG EAST Championships, one spot up from the previous year. The indoor track season was highlighted by a fifth place finish at the ECAC Championships, the highest Red Storm finish since capturing fourth in 2006, as three different St. John's competitors claimed podium finishes including individual 500-meter ECAC Champion sophomore Claire Mooney.

The outdoor season was highlighted by some terrific sprinting performances, including new school records in the 4x100-meter relay (45.71) and 4x200-meter relay (1:35.25) set at the ECAC Outdoor Championships and Penn Relays, respectively. At the Metropolitan Outdoor Championships, senior standouts Rikka Lovely and Molly Ellis combined to win the 100, 200 and 400 while running on the victorious 4x100 and 4x400 relays as St. John's claimed the team title. Ellis became the school's second fastest performer all-time over 400 meters (52.77) in a third-place finish at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships and qualified in the event for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Red Storm would also send senior Trudy-Ann McLean, junior Shayna Presley and Mooney to the NCAA Championships to combine with Ellis in the 4x400-meter relay, where the quartet would cap a memorable season which saw the relay team rise to second on the school's all-time top-10 (3:35.77). At the ECAC Outdoor Championships, Presley posted the second fastest 400-meter hurdles time in school history (59.49) Building on her terrific Red Storm career, St. John's alumnae and school record holder Priscilla Frederick continued a six-year streak of top-10 finishes at the USA junior or senior track & field championships, tying for 10th in the high jump at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In all, the 2012-13 season saw the Hurt's athletes claim nine Metropolitan Championships, 20 BIG EAST qualifications, seven All-BIG East honors, and five All-East Performances.

Last summer, Coach Hurt and the rest of the St. John's track & field community were able to enjoy the presence of 2009 graduate Phobay Kutu-Akoi at the Olympic Games in London. Kutu-Akoi represented her home country of Liberia and was even given the honor of bearing the nation's flag during the Opening Ceremonies. The St. John's and Liberian 100-meter dash record-holder, Kutu-Akoi qualified for the 100-meter dash at the 2012 Summer Games. She would go on to place sixth in her heat running an 11.52 second time, less than .4 seconds behind the final qualifying spot.

In the past few seasons, Hurt has assembled championship-caliber squads at St. John's.

In 2011-12, the Red Storm claimed the runner-up spot at both the Indoor and Outdoor Metropolitan Championships while placing 10th at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships for the second consecutive year and eighth at the ECAC Indoor Championships. Hurt's athletes captured 13 Metropolitan Championships, 20 BIG EAST qualifications, nine All-BIG EAST honors, and 10 All-East Performances. Junior Rikka Lovely won the 60 and 200 at the Indoor Metropolitan Championships while St. John's took the top four spots in the shot put at the Outdoor Metropolitan Championships, led by senior Chanel King's eighth career individual Metropolitan championship title. Competing at her final NCAA Outdoor Championships, senior Priscilla Frederick placed 11th in the high jump before tying for seventh at the USA Championships.

In 2010-11, the Red Storm captured its first Indoor Metropolitan Championship since 1989 and placed second in the Outdoor Metropolitan Championship. The team showed strength across all events as they claimed 15 Metropolitan Championships, 21 BIG EAST qualifications, 14 All-BIG EAST honors, and five All-East Performances. The team placed 10th overall at the Indoor BIG EAST Championships which marked St. John's first top-ten conference finish since 2006. Priscilla Frederick once again dominated the Indoor season with six first place finishes in the high jump, an appearance at the NCAA Nationals and second-team All-American accolades. Molly Ellis also emerged as a star for Hurt's squad by capturing the 400-meter title at the Indoor BIG EAST Championships. The St. John's cross country team also saw significant improvement in 2010 as they improved fourteen spots from the previous year to finish fourth overall at the ECAC Championship.

In 2009-10, the team won its third-straight Metropolitan Outdoor Championship, totaling 170 points and six event wins. The team came in fourth place at the Metropolitan Indoor Championships. Then-junior Priscilla Frederick had a benchmark season, earning All-American status twice at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, finishing eighth and sixth respectively. Frederick also competed at the USA Outdoor Championships and won the ECAC Championships with a school record-breaking high jump. Along with competing in the high jump, Frederick was an All-BIG EAST honoree in the pentathlon (indoor) and heptathlon (outdoor). The 4x800-meter relay team of Kim Piard, Sarah Sudbury, Pamela Petruski and Alexis Bean set a new school record time at the Indoor BIG EAST Championships.

During Hurt's 25-year tenure of coaching the middle and long distance runners, he has guided 17 NCAA qualifying performers as well as NCAA All-American cross country runner Bob Reid, 3k All-American Chris Fogarazzo, and 5k and 10k All-Americans Chris Graff and John Honerkamp, the latter who became the youngest semifinalist at the 1996 USA Olympic Trials and placed sixth in the USA Indoor Nationals in the 800-meter run. Thirteen of Hurt's distance medley, 3200-meter and 4x1,500-meter relay teams have ranked in the top 10 nationally, and 68 distance runners have won All-East recognition. Hurt's athletes have also won BIG EAST titles in the 800-meters, the mile, the 3K steeplechase and the 10,000-meter. Since 1982, 48 school records have been established in the distance events under Hurt's guidance. In 1996, the men's cross country team placed 17th in the NCAA Championships.

Hurt has kept St. John's committed to a total team philosophy that recruits and develops quality athletes in all event areas. He utilizes a national schedule that has Red Storm teams competing across the country at top venues that afford the highest levels of competition. Historic Van Cortlandt Park is the home for the cross country team, while the world class facility at the 168th Street Armory is home for indoor practice and competitions. The outdoor team uses DaSilva Memorial Field on the Queens Campus, which boasts a state-of-the art 400-meter oval.

Hurt was a prep All-American in 1972, clocking a 4:10 mile at Proviso West High School in Hillside, Ill. At the University of Notre Dame, he captained the cross country and track & field teams and established school records in the three mile run and the 4 x 1 mile relay. Following graduation in 1976, Hurt competed for the University of Chicago Track Club and the Oregon Track Club. After attending graduate school at the University of Oregon, Hurt served three years as head track & field coach at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore. In 1982, Hurt moved to St. John's to become the cross country and assistant track & field coach.

Currently, Hurt serves as the secretary-treasurer of the IC4A Coaches Association and was once president of the BIG EAST Coaches Association. In 1995, he served as distance coach for the East team at the USOC Sports Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo. That same year, Hurt and his staff were also named Staff of the Year in the BIG EAST Conference. In 1996, he was honored as NCAA Region II Cross Country Coach of the Year.

In 1989, Hurt earned his master's degree in government and politics from St. John's.

Hurt currently resides in Glen Cove, N.Y., with his wife Ann. He has two daughters, Kathleen Urtnowski and Cynthia, and son James. He is also the proud grandfather of Cassandra Anne Urtnowski.


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