Photo courtesy of Becki Stepp

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) inducted nine Southern Nevadans into the Nevada High School Hall of Fame Tuesday evening March 14 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas including long-time Mesquite resident Charlie Hurley.

From the hills of West Virginia to the desert of Southern Nevada, Hurley has left his mark on his mentors and the youth of our state and community. Hurley attended school in Van, West Virginia the heart of coal country. “You either went to the goal mines, military or college,” said Hurley. I wasn’t much of an athlete, a bench warmer I guess but I listened to my coaches. That made the difference in my life choices. West Virginia soccer coach John McGraff helped me get started in wanting to be a coach. I listened and knew coaching was for me. Viet Nam is another reason I’m here. I was drafted and served on the U.S.S. John Kennedy from 1973 through 1977. I got my Bachelor’s Degree at Southern Utah University and a Masters in athletic administration from Idaho State University.”

Hurley found Mesquite in 1979-1980 where he began as a student teacher at Virgin Valley High School. From there he got his first teaching appointment at Indian Springs High School in Southern Nevada where he taught for one year. Hurley moved to Mesquite for the 1980 school year which began his Virgin Valley legacy. Hurley served as head varsity softball and men’s soccer coach. Hurley served three stints as VVHS Athletic Director in 1981-1984, 1996-2000 and 2004-2008. His support of athletics led to 37 Nevada state championships during his tenure. Hurley was named Clark County School District teacher of the year for 1995-1996.

Hurley stated, “Kirk Brotherson was like a brother to me. Taught me basketball and was there for the rough times in life. Evan Wilson let us be coaches without always looking over our shoulders and Coach McGraff started me off. These three are the reason I lasted this long and were instrumental in any success I have. Hurley spent the last six years as head football and women’s basketball coach at Beaver Dam as a volunteer.

“I’ve seen some great athletes in my 45 year in Mesquite,” said Hurley. “The difference between the kids of today and the past are, in the old days we told the kids what to do, today we have to tell them why they must do those same things.”

Hurley and his wife Sharon Kay (Cooper) have one son, Rory (Sonja); three daughters, Betty (Greg) Seery, Becki Sue (Robert) Stepp, and Britney (Darin) Wilkins.