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 Coaching Staff

Phil Hurley | Assistant Coach

Phil Hurley enters his 13th season as assistant men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at South Dakota State. Hurley is the recruiting coordinator for SDSU, specializes in the distance events and assists head coach Brad Erickson with team practices and events.

Hurley says, “I have swam and worked with a lot of great coaches and by being an athlete myself I try to pass along my experiences to the athletes so they can learn from my past successes.”

Hurley competed collegiately at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where he served as team captain for three seasons before graduating in 1998.

After completing a military commitment in the U.S. Army, Hurley enrolled in graduate school at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., serving as a graduate assistant swimming coach for two seasons while completing a master’s degree in exercise, fitness and health promotion. While at George Mason, Hurley also coached several club and youth teams in Northern Virginia.

Coach Hurley is the Chair of South Dakota Masters Swimming branch and is a member of the United States Masters Swimming organization.


Erin Lionberger | Diving Coach

Erin Lionberger enters her second season as a graduate assistant and diving coach at South Dakota State.

Lionberger comes to SDSU after serving a year as head coach in the Adams 12 District in Thornton, Colo. Prior to that she spent three seasons at St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colo., as assistant diving coach. In her four seasons in Colorado, Lionberger helped coach over 20 state qualifiers and five current D-I divers.

A former collegiate diver, Lionberger competed at Boise State for two seasons and finished 10th all-time in 1-meter diving and sixth in 3-meter diving. She also earned Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2009-10 and 2008-09.

The Longmont, Colo., native was a three-time high school all American and set the Longmont High School records for both 6 and 11 dives. Additionally, Lionberger finished in the top 10 in Colorado three times and was a two-time national qualifier.