The Chanticleers prevailed 76-61 to claim their first conference title since 1991.
Matt Hurt joined Cliff Ellis' staff as men's basketball director of operations prior to the 2012-13 season. Hurt has been a part of the Coastal men's basketball program since 2010 when he was hired as a graduate assistant coach.
Hurt's duties as director of basketball operations include organizing team travel, practice and day to day scheduling, responsibility of team managers, budget, while also serving as director of the Cliff Ellis Team Summer Camps.
He first came to CCU as a graduate assistant for the 2010-11 season. He helped handle the team's equipment, academic supervising, team travel and video editing. Prior to the 2011-12 season, he was hired as the team's video coordinator. He handled all video editing responsibilities as well as helping with the day-to-day operations of the men's basketball program.
Prior to his arrival at Coastal, Hurt spent one season as the men's basketball assistant coach at Pikeville College in Pikeville, Ky. He assisted in all aspects of running the program including recruiting, scouting, on floor coaching and video editing. He also served as the camp coordinator for all of Pikeville's basketball camps and as the team's academic coordinator.
Hurt also has experience at the high school level where he was an assistant coach for four seasons. He spent the 2008-09 season at Knott County Central High School in Hindman, Ky. where his team achieved a 22-9 record and was ranked in the top-25 in the state. Prior to KCCHS, he spent three seasons at Cordia High School in Hazard, Ky. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2007-08 season. He helped Cordia to their first 20-win season in 20 years during the 2007-08 campaign as the Lions finished 20-10.
Hurt graduated from Alice Lloyd College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in social studies education grades 5-12.