Sam Durley was named Strength and Wellness Coordinator at Eureka College on Jan. 17, 2019.
In his role, Durley designs year-round sport-specific conditioning programs for all athletic teams, works with the athletic training staff to implement injury prevention and rehabilitation programs and coordinates use of the weight room and Bonati Fitness Center in the Reagan Athletic Complex.
Durley has also been an EC assistant football coach under head coach Kurt Barth since 2013, playing a pivotal role in shaping the Red Devils' high-powered offense during the program's recent resurgence.
As an EC student-athlete from 2009 through 2012, Durley left his mark as the Red Devils' record-breaking quarterback. A four-year letterwinner, Durley set the NCAA record for passing yards in a single game (736) in 2012, and still owns many school records, including career passing yards (8,162), completions (572), pass attempts (1,141) and passing touchdowns (61). He was a three-time All-UMAC honoree, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Manning Award Star of the Week in 2012, the Offensive MVP of the 2012 National Bowl and the 2013 Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Male Athlete of the Year.
Durley's record-setting, 736-yard game against Knox in the Lincoln Bowl on Sept. 1, 2012, thrust the quarterback into the national spotlight. In the span of a few days, he was featured on SportsCenter, appeared in USA Today and Sports Illustrated and was interviewed by former NFL star running back Eddie George on Sirius XM College Football Today.
Durley spent two seasons playing professional football in the Indoor Football League and the Arena Football League, before returning to Eureka to complete his bachelor's degree in physical education in 2015. He was a 2014 finalist for IFL Rookie of the Year for the Wyoming Cavalry.
Durley and his wife, Whitney, live in Goodfield.