Billy Nicoe Hurst, a former YSU defensive back, is in his second year as a defense quality control coach for the Penguins. He will assist secondary coach DJ Gomes working with the cornerback and safeties.
At YSU, Hurst played both positions and as a senior in 2017 was a second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection as a cornerback. In starting all 11 games at cornerback, he finished with 25 total tackles and finished with a team-high nine pass breakups. As a unit, YSU's pass defense ranked first in the FCS in fewest yards allowed per game. The defense was stout holding the opposition to just a 46.7 completion percentage.
As a junior, he played in all 16 games as the Penguins reached the FCS National Championship Game. In the semifinals at Eastern Washington he made his first career start and stepped up with a key third quarter interception to turn the momentum of the game. With YSU trailing 31-20, his interception at the one-yard line ended an EWU scoring threat and helped propel the Penguins to a come-from-behind win to advance to the final. For the year he had 18 tackles, 16 of which were solo stops. In the championship game vs. James Madison he was credited with four tackles.
A native of San Pablo, Calif., Hurst transfered to YSU after spending two seasons at Contra Costa Community College. As a sophomore, he was a Northern California American Division Pacific 7 League selection as a defensive back.