2011-06-17 / Sports

An Appreciation: Daughter Thanks Father For RLL Achievement

By Liz Hurley

Jim Hurley (top right) has served as a coach in the Rockaway Little League since 1987. Jim Hurley (top right) has served as a coach in the Rockaway Little League since 1987. In the early spring of 1987, Jim Hurley went to sign his oldest daughter up for tee-ball in a trailer at the old Seaside Fields of Rockaway Little League. Having just moved to Rockaway that February with his wife and three young daughters, and being a member of the NYPD, he had no intention of coaching a team.

But Jim Hurley has never been one to say no when asked to help out. Twenty-five years later, Jim Hurley continues to be a dedicated coach for Rockaway Little League.

He began his coaching in the tee-ball division and worked his way up to the Major Girls Softball. Jim coached each one of his daughter’s teams, even when all three were in separate divisions. He was able to watch many of his players go from picking dandelions in right field, to coaching them on an All-Star Team, to seeing them achieve their dreams of playing on their high school and college teams. Jim always taught his teams to play with their whole heart in the game.

If you ask Jim why he keeps coaching even though all of his daughters are grown, he will tell you he loves the game and the kids. Jim will never tell you it’s been easy. Over the past 25 years, he has never missed a season. In the spring of 1994, Jim wheeled himself onto the field after a terrible car accident and by the summer of 1994 he walked himself off. He had always been his players’ biggest fan, and that year they became his biggest cheerleaders.

Jim Hurley’s hard work and dedication to the players and the game have been an inspiration for many with whom he has worked. No matter where the fields of Rockaway Little League are, with faces that come and go, you can be certain Jim Hurley will always be there doing what he loves, coaching the youth of Rockaway.

So a special thank you for your 25 years of service to my favorite coach, my teacher, my hero, my mentor, my dad.

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