Legendary coach Hurst passes away

Posted 2/19/2021

Longtime Georgia State baseball coach and Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Famer Mike Hurst passed away on Feb. 19.

 

Legendary coach Hurst passes away

Longtime Georgia State baseball coach and Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Famer Mike Hurst passed away on Friday, Feb. 19.

Hurst may be more known for rebuilding the Georgia State baseball program after a period of dormancy and steering it through some challenging times. He was inducted into the GDC Hall of Fame in 2014. He coached the Panthers from 1993 to 2006 and finished with 293 victories, then the most in school history.

Hurst spent most of his life involved with baseball in the Atlanta area. He graduated from Cross Keys High School and then played collegiately at Mercer University-Atlanta where he was an NAIA all-region selection. After a stint as a high school coach in Maryland, he returned to his native state in 1990 as an assistant coach at DeKalb Community College (now Georgia Perimeter) before joining the GSU staff.

"I played Little League baseball, high school baseball and college baseball right here in Atlanta, Georgia," Hurst said. "College baseball in Georgia has absolutely exploded, from the junior college level to Division I and everything in between."

Hurst came to Georgia State as an assistant coach under Kurt Seibert in 1992 when the university reinstated a baseball program that had been dormant for five years. He served as interim head coach for the final 12 games of the 1993 season and then was elevated to full-time head coach for the 1994 campaign.

Hurst grew the fledgling Panther program and coached All-America players Mark Mortimer and Jason Glover, Freshman All-Americans Garrett Greer, Rusty Bennett and Brett Strickland and numerous all-conference and all-region standouts.

Hurst's No. 30 jersey was retired by Georgia State in 2008 and he was inducted into the Georgia State Hall of Fame in 2016.

"As great as Mike Hurst was a baseball coach and teacher of the game, he was an even better person," Georgia State baseball head coach Brad Stromdahl said on the school's website. "For nearly the last 30 years, he was an incredible ambassador for our baseball program. He touched so many lives and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carol and his family."

He is survived by his wife Carol.