Bridget Hurlman Named Softball Head Coach

Bridget Hurlman Named Softball Head Coach

KINGSTON, R.I. – University of Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn announced Bridget Hurlman as head coach of the softball team Friday.

Hurlman – who becomes the eighth head coach in program history – comes to Rhode Island after spending the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Manhattan College. She served as the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach for Head Coach Tom Pardalis. 

"We are very excited to announce that Bridget Hurlman has accepted our offer to become the next head softball coach at URI," Bjorn said. "I believe she is the type of person who can move the program forward. Her references were fantastic and everyone kept coming back to her hard work and dedication, as well as her commitment to the student-athletes she works with every day."

During Hurlman's time with the Jaspers, Manhattan was 59-45 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, finishing .500 or better in league play in five out of six seasons. Last spring, Manhattan was 26-20 overall and 13-7 in MAAC games. 

"I am first and foremost extremely thankful to Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn and Associate AD Gina Sperry for this opportunity," Hurlman said. "I feel honored and blessed to become part of the Ram athletics family and URI community."

With Hurlman serving as the team's hitting coach, Manhattan led the MAAC in slugging percentage, doubles, home runs and walks, and it was second in runs batted in and on-base percentage. The team was fourth overall the conference in batting average.

She also worked with the team's pitchers, helping the staff post a 3.50 earned run average last season, which ranked second in the MAAC. Hurlman mentored Amy Bright, who earned First Team All-MAAC honors. 

During her six seasons at Manhattan, Hurlman's recruits garnered six All-MAAC First Team selections and three All-MAAC Second Team selections. She recruited 2015 MAAC Player of the Year Elena Bowman, as well as 2015 All-Rookie Team pitcher Briana Matazinsky, who was 9-7 with a 3.91 ERA while also batting .276 with six home runs.

Manhattan consistently ranked in the top 35 nationally among Division I programs academically as well. In 2014, as the Jaspers reached the MAAC championship finals, they also posted a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.40. Then senior Kate Bowen was Manhattan's 2014 Undergraduate Valedictorian, a Capital One Academic All-America Third Team selection, a two-time First Team All-MAAC selection and a 2012 NFCA First Team All-Region pick.

The variety of roles Hurlman handled on and off the field for Pardalis at Manhattan prepared her for the move to Rhode Island.

"I will be endlessly grateful to Tom Pardalis and (Assistant Coach) Chris Rahey for all their love and support during my time at Manhattan," Hurlman said. "I am definitely ready to embrace my new role at the helm of Rhode Island softball and looking forward to starting a new and exciting chapter in my career. 

"Most importantly, I am very eager to meet the wonderful softball student-athletes that I have heard so much about and for all of us to embark together on what will be an amazing new era of Rhody softball."  

Hurlman began her coaching career as an assistant at SUNY Purchase in 2007.  During her time at SUNY Purchase, she worked primarily with the pitchers and catchers, while assisting with offensive instruction. Hurlman was also involved in all other aspects of the program, including practice planning, budgeting, travel arrangements and recruiting.

A certified athletic trainer, Hurlman is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. A two-time MAAC All-Conference selection and three-time MAAC Academic All-Conference honoree during her playing career, Hurlman graduated cum laude from Marist in 2006.  She received a master's degree in sports management from St. John's in May 2012.