As a lifelong athlete and fitness trainer, Trevor C. Hurd is now passing his knowledge on to others. But that love of functional fitness started during his days as an All-American tennis player, which has now helped earn him a spot in Washington College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
He was a top-ranked athlete, graduating in 1993 from the liberal arts school located in Chestertown on the eastern shore of Maryland.
Now he’s the owner/personal trainer at Coastal Athlete with a mission “to train every individual to achieve success, whether on the playing field or in life.”
Living near and working in Bethany Beach, Hurd will be Delaware’s only representative out of 13 inductees officially joining the Hall at the Oct. 1 ceremony in Chestertown.
One summer, as a child, Hurd was bored with swimming pools, so he wandered over to the tennis courts. He picked up a racket, started hitting and “fell in love with it,” he recalled.
Hurd began playing tennis at the age of 6, went competitive by age 8 and became a nationally ranked Junior National Tennis player.
As a young man growing up in Houston, Texas, tennis boosted Hurd’s confidence and gave him a sense of identity.
“It gave me drive and goals, and it taught me work ethic. It provided me with everything I needed to succeed in the world, and I didn’t know it at the time.”
After his freshman year of college, in the fall of 1990, Hurd transferred to Washington College (a Division III school) from West Point.
In matches, he played both doubles and singles. Doubles matches were first, then a few hours later, singles would compete.
“Matches would last six, seven, eight hours. We had a healthy budget back then,” Hurd said of a tennis team that played up to 38 matches a season.
Despite attending a small school that has only recently grown to 1,450 students, Hurd’s teammates brought a world of diversity, coming from Germany, Argentina, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and more.
For a transfer student, having year-round teammates for friends made all the difference. His most common memories came from bus trips to competition. Alberto Diaz was his roommate and doubles partner for three years.
“We basically spent 90 percent of every day together.”
They were on the road when the All-American news came.
“I remember jumping up and down in the hotel. That was a big to-do,” Hurd said.
He also missed graduation for a tennis competition, but “We got to travel the country,” visiting the likes of California, Michigan, Chicago and more, he said.
Hurd played professionally sporadically after graduation, but mostly made a career as tennis director or pro at Plantations Resort, Kings Creek Country Club, Rehoboth Beach Country Club, Baltimore (Md.) Country Club, Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort and Fairyland Golf Club in Georgia.
But it was too easy to let tennis become his whole identity. So he and his wife, Kerry, recently returned to Delaware to raise a family. He happily opened Coastal Athlete in early 2015 in Bethany Beach.
Now Hurd is passionate about functional fitness, including better posture, balance, mobility, alignment and other basics.
“I train people not only to perform athletically better, but also function better as a human being,” he had previously told the Coastal Point.
Early on, he earned National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification, as well as U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) certification.
When he’s not training individuals indoors, he’s leading an open boot camp on the beach, which continues on Saturdays in Bethany until the end of October.
“Being close to 46, having 25 years in the tennis/fitness business has really prepared me to open Coastal Athlete,” said Hurd, who’s learned to help adults and kids, both in athletics and in how the body is supposed to function.
Hurd said he’s trained all types of athletes, from professionals and Division I scholarship winners to high school athletes and everyday people looking to lose weight.
When training, Hurd said, personal motivation is just as important as talent, for all ages.
“I will take intensity over talent anytime, and I think that personifies me as an athlete,” Hurd said. “I am, at my tallest, 5’6”… I was, however, blessed with intensity. I would outwork — and I had to. I wouldn’t win otherwise.”
Hurd said he’s “very honored” and “humbled” by the Hall of Fame induction, especially when he considers the talented teams who preceded and followed him.
“What’s struck me is that I’m not as good as I thought I was, but I’m not as bad as I thought I was,” he said. “I’m just a cog. I’m honored to have played for Washington College and help continue what players before me built.”
But, just like in the film “Rudy,” one could say Hurd played his hardest, which helped everyone to play better and maintain a top-ranked tennis program, which competed against Division I giants including Penn State, Clemson, Army, Navy and more.
Hurd thanked his past coaches, Fred Wyman and Tim Gray, as well as his parents.
“As I get older and I’ve had children — I’ve got two small girls — it shows you what sacrifice your parents make for you,” such as financial, emotional and even logistical support, he said, thinking back to his childhood, with weekly tennis tournaments and constant travel.
As a political science major and athlete, Hurd said he felt completely supported at Washington College.
“There’s secretaries I remember that would just do everything for you, equipment managers, trainers — everyone who would make your life easier,” he said.
Through his education and senior thesis, Hurd learned to communicate, speak and write — essential skills in the business world. He could call his professors for missed classwork.
“There was a lot of help, which was nice. It was a good experience. I enjoyed my time at Washington College,” which put academics first, he said.
But his athletic successes are many. Hurd was a two-time NCAA Division III Championship qualifier in both singles and doubles; a 1992 Middle Atlantic Conference singles champion; and a MAC singles finalist.
Hurd earned All-American honors with partner (and future Hall of Famer) Alberto Diaz in 1992. He attained national rankings of eighth and 16th in doubles and 32nd in singles. He went a combined 111-25 in singles and doubles in his WC career. He also teamed with fellow Texan and future Hall of Famer Scott Read to win the South Atlantic Regional Doubles championship.
During his three years at the college, the Shoremen made two NCAA tournament appearances, with final national rankings of fourth and ninth; won two Middle Atlantic Conference championships and one championship in the then-newly-formed Centennial Conference; and earned an overall team record of 53-13.
The Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates greatness in athletes during their time at WC, although bonus points are given for continuing in athletics after graduation.
“Since inductions began in 1981, the Athletic Hall of Fame serves to preserve Washington College’s sport history, to honor excellence within the game, and to make a connection between the generations of people who cheer on our student athletes,” according to the college.
Anyone may submit nominations, which are reviewed by a judging committee. A minimum of 10 years must pass between graduation and nomination.
In a lineup that includes a wave of all-conference and All-American honors, this year’s other inductees include: Matthew T. Burke, ’84 (baseball); M. Michael Cordrey, ’75 (lacrosse); Margaret Lee Klag Eshenour, ’04 (swimming); Laura Scimeca Gibson, ’05, ’09 (field hockey and softball); John G. Haus III (men’s lacrosse coach); Jose LeJarraga, ’02 (tennis); Erin O’Neal, ’91 (lacrosse, field hockey); Betty Ann Weller Reed, ’03 (lacrosse, soccer); Roger Lee Smoot Jr., ’56 (soccer and baseball); Jeremy M. Stoehr ’00 (lacrosse); Peter Wesley Taylor ’04 (tennis); and Richard Lyle Yost, ’04 (lacrosse).