Tom Hurley is a sports journalist, digital content manager and social media specialist.
During his first year at the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s daily student newspaper, Hurley worked as sports reporter, news reporter, and photographer. His work in the USA saw him interview multiple high-profile athletes and coaches, including: current NBA players Archie Goodwin (Phoenix Suns) and Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers), projected NBA first round draft picks Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison (Kentucky Wildcats) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas Jayhawks), 1981 World Series winner Burt Hooton, 2013 MLB draft picks Trevor Gott (San Diego Padres), Corey Littrell (Boston Red Sox) and J.T. Riddle (Miami Marlins), 2013 MLS draft pick Cameron Wilder (FC Dallas) and international women’s soccer player Arin Gilliland (USA U23s).
Shortly after his hiring, he was appointed web director, managing all online content including the newspaper’s website, social media and multimedia content. In December 2012 he was appointed assistant sports editor, running the sports desk, assigning stories, sub-editing and budget planning. In Summer 2013 he was appointed the Kernel’s sports editor for 2013-14.
He has live tweeted and written game previews and reports for multiple sporting events, including Barclay’s Premier League soccer, the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament and various University of Kentucky sports teams including, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer. He has also written scouting reports, columns and profiles of high school basketball prospects, including Julius Randle and James Young.
The 2012-13 academic year saw him hold the beat writing positions for men’s soccer, women’s soccer, baseball and basketball recruiting along with completing news, entertainment and photography assignments, including the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. In Summer 2013 he became men’s basketball beat writer, later becoming football beat writer, interviewing touted NFL draft picks Avery Williamson, Alvin Dupree and Za’Darius Smith, among others. In addition to this, Hurley maintained his editorial roles and positions as beat writer for both men’s and women’s soccer.
He is proficient using Microsoft Office, Adobe products and Final Cut Pro, with experience in designing newspapers and assembling broadcast packages for television and radio. Hurley is a former ice hockey player, winning the English Premier League Playoffs in 2007 while on the roster of his hometown Milton Keynes Lightning. He spent several years coaching youth ice hockey players and also worked as a professional ice hockey referee.
He enjoys closely following current affairs, industry news and sports, holding particular interests for basketball, baseball, soccer, ice hockey, football and formula one. He has interned with BBC Three Counties Radio and Millwall F.C. and spent the summer of 2013 as an online and sports intern at the Herald-Leader newspaper in Lexington, Ky., while also working as summer editor of the Kernel.
In 2001 an idea from Hurley sparked the creation of the Neil Harris Everyman Appeal charity. Hurley has been an active fundraiser and spokesman for the charity since its formation, working closely with Harris, the 2001 Division One Golden Boot winner and the manager of Millwall’s U21 team. He has written as a freelance writer for several outlets, including The Score, Bit O’Red Blog and RaptorsHQ.
After a successful year as an exchange student at Kentucky, Hurley was due to complete a full-time transfer to the University of Kentucky in fall 2013 but was unable to secure funding for tuition. Instead he returned to the University of Central Lancashire in England to finish a bachelor’s degree in Print and Online Journalism.
Since returning to England he has worked as a freelance writer at several major sporting events, including the 2013 FAI Cup Final in Dublin and the 2013 NBA Global Games in Manchester where he interviewed the likes of Olympic gold medalist Kevin Durant andfive-time NBA champion Derek Fisher. He has also served as a mentor to the dozen-plus staff members at the Kentucky Kernel that he hired and trained during his time with the paper and previously posted soccer and basketball stories to his own blog, Twitter and Instagram.
Hurley aspires to work for FIFA.com during the 2014 FIFA World Cup before returning to the North American sports media industry following his graduation from the University of Central Lancashire in the summer of 2014.
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