David Gurst
Rutgers State University
David Gurst
Head Coach
Rutgers University Camden
Division 3

David Gurst has led the Rutgers-Camden volleyball program into the ECAC playoffs during each of his first three seasons with the Scarlet Raptors, while qualifying for the New Jersey Athletic Conference playoffs during two of his three seasons.   Considering the fact that he inherited a program that had gone a combined 12-52 during the previous two seasons, Gursts rapid turnaround of the Scarlet Raptor program is remarkable. In his three years at Rutgers-Camden, he has posted a 45-47 record and enters the 2018 campaign tied for the most career coaching wins in program history.   During the last two years, Gurst has led the team to 16 wins each season, tied for the third-highest total in program history. His 2016 club posted a 16-16 record the first .500 season at Rutgers-Camden since 2012 and became the first team in program history to reach back-to-back ECAC tournaments. His 2017 team finished 16-17, while earning the programs third straight ECAC tournament berth.   The seventh head coach in program history, David Gurst led his first Scarlet Raptor team to the first round in the NJAC Tournament and the first round in the ECAC Div. III Metro/Upstate Volleyball Championship in 2015.  Those Scarlet Raptors finished with a 13-14 record overall and a 4-4 mark in the NJAC, only one season after the team went 5-26 overall and 1-7 in the conference. Three players on Gursts first Raptor team were recognized by the NJAC for their performance on the court as Olivia Rowland captured NJAC Second Team honors, while both Brooke Hassan and Erin Thompson earned NJAC Honorable Mention.   In addition to his volleyball coaching, Gurst served as an interim head coach of the Scarlet Raptors softball team, inheriting the position partway through the 2017 season.   Last season, Gursts Raptors finished with a 3-5 conference mark and saw Cortnee Wilkerson earn NJAC Honorable Mention. They also collected four NJAC Academic Honorable Mention accolades, giving Gurst six NJAC academic volleyball stars in his three seasons.   A 1980 graduate of Cherry Hill High School East, Gurst coached on the high school level from 1984 until taking the job at Rutgers-Camden in 2015. Most recently, he coached at Cherry Hill High School West as the head softball coach from 2004-2014, compiling a record of 132-102. Gurst led the Lions to two conference championships and is a six-time recipient of Cherry Hill West Coach of the Season. He also received the prestigious NJEA Public School Hero Award in 2008.   Gurst also was the head volleyball coach at Cherry Hill High School West from 2002-2012.  Prior to his position at Cherry Hill High School West, he was the head volleyball coach at Cherry Hill High School East from 1993-2002, leading the Cougars to four conference championships.     He compiled a record of 294-120 as a head volleyball coach.   Gurst also coached swimming at Cherry Hill High School West from 2004-2014. He helped the Lions win two state championships and five South Jersey championships.   Gurst graduated from Glassboro State College in 1984 with a Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education. He has been teaching at Cherry Hill High School West since 1991 as a Health/PE Teacher.