Former Samford head coach Pete Hurt is in his second year at the Academy as the offensive line coach. The coach's wealth of experience from the high school, college and professional levels has followed him to the Academy.
Hurt's 2005 offensive line was a strength for the Falcons and saw the only all-conference player recognized from the Academy in senior Jon Wilson, who earned second-team honors from the Mountain West Conference. Hurt's 2006 addition could be equally as good, as three starters return.
Hurt, after serving as defensive coordinator in 1993, led Samford to one of its most successful periods from 1994-2001, accumulating a 42-39-1 record as head coach. Hurt became the only coach in school history to lead the program to five consecutive winning seasons and is the second-winningest coach in school history. Hurt's 42 wins trails only Terry Bowden, who had 45 from 1987-92. He coached five Division I-AA All-Americans while at Samford.
Before his arrival at the Academy, Hurt was the head football coach and athletic director at Clinton High School in Clinton, Miss., for three seasons. He led Clinton to the 2002 district championship and the 2004 north state 5A finals.
Prior to his stint at Samford, Hurt was the defensive line coach for the Birmingham Fire in the World Football League in 1991-92. His other collegiate coaching stops include Rice as the assistant linebacker coach in 1990-91, Lamar as the defensive coordinator from 1987-89 and defensive line coach from 1986-87, Baylor as the assistant offensive coach from 1983-86 and Southeast Missouri State as linebacker coach in 1982-83. He began his collegiate coaching experience as the running back coach at North Texas from 1981-82.
In addition to his most recent high school coaching experience, Hurt was also the offensive coordinator at Clinton from 1980-81 and defensive coordinator from 1978-79. He is a 1974 graduate of the school and later earned his bachelor's degree from Mississippi College in 1978. Hurt also earned his master's degree in education from Southeast Missouri State in 1984.
Originally from Cleveland, Miss., Hurt and his wife, Diana, have one son, Clint.