Hartford, Conn. - As the Trinity College men's basketball team looks toward the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which begins Friday for the Bantams against Johnson and Wales at Plattsburgh State at 5:30 p.m., we are taking a look back at Andrew Hurd's story.
The senior point guard transferred to Trinity from Central Connecticut State University during his sophomore year, looking for something more from his school. He has made a great impact on Trinity's team, helping the Bantams finish at the top of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in each of his two seasons. Hurd averages 5.7 points per game and is among the league leaders with five assists per contest.
"The decision to transfer was a combination of basketball and academics. I knew it would be challenging and rewarding academically with a high level of basketball. At Trinity, I am still able to compete at a high level while getting a better education," he said.
Trinity Head Men's Basketball Coach James Cosgrove played a large part in Andrew's transition to NESCAC academics and basketball.
"Andrew's greatest asset is that he always puts the team first. He is a pass-first point guard who cares about the best interest of his teammates and the squad. He is selfless and all about our team's success," said Coach Cosgrove.
Hurd's transfer to Trinity was made possible with the help of his professors, coaches and teammates. One thing Trinity prides itself on is an individualized approach to students, whether it is in the classroom or on the court. Looking forward to the tournament, Hurd has high expectations for his team's performance.
"We made it pretty far in the tournament last year, so we want to get back to the Elite Eight, and then go to the Final Four. The end goal is the championship. There was a huge class turnover last year that created a big change in the team. So, if we can get back to that spot, it will say a lot about the team chemistry," he said.
"I expect Andrew to continue to lead us and help us make a run in the NCAA tournament," Coach Cosgrove said. "He makes everyone around him better and is our team's best playmaker."
Hurd added as he looks forward to his last games as a Bantam, "I am very thankful for the opportunity to be able to be at a school like Trinity," he said.