June 28, 1971 |
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|High school||St. Anthony (Jersey City, New Jersey)|
|NBA draft||1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Number||7, 11, 12|
|2012||Rhode Island (assoc. HC)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||1,032 (3.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||283 (1.1 rpg)|
|Assists||880 (3.3 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Robert Matthew "Bobby" Hurley (born June 28, 1971) is a former college and professional basketball player in the USA, and currently the head coach of the University at Buffalo basketball team. He has previously been an assistant coach for Wagner and an associate head coach for Rhode Island on the staffs of his younger brother Dan.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Hurley was a basketball star at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, where his father, Bob Hurley Sr., is the longtime coach. While at St. Anthony, from 1985 to 1989, Hurley led the team to four consecutive Parochial B state titles. In his senior year he averaged 20 points, 8 assists and 3 steals, as St. Anthony racked up a 32–0 record, the school's first Tournament of Champions crown, and the No. 1 ranking in the United States. In his high school career the team's overall record with Hurley as point guard was 115–5.
Hurley was a point guard for coach Mike Krzyzewski's Duke University men's basketball team from 1989–1993. He was a first-team All-American in 1993, went to the Final Four three times, and helped lead the Blue Devils to back-to-back national championships in 1991 and 1992 with All American teammates Christian Laettner and Grant Hill, earning Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors in 1992. Hurley remains the NCAA all-time assists leader with 1076 assists, and Duke's single game assist leader with 16 (against Florida State on February 24, 1993). His Duke jersey number 11 was retired in 1993. In 2002, Hurley was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history. In 2006, Hurley, who is of Polish descent through his mother,was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame. At Duke, Hurley was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Coincidentally, Bobby Hurley played against his younger brother Dan in an NCAA Tournament game, when Duke squared off against Seton Hall.
Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings as the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He signed a shoe contract with a new shoe company ITZ (In The Zone), which was sold at Foot Locker exclusively. While Hurley was returning home following a game in December of his rookie season, he was involved in a car accident. His truck was rammed by a house painting truck. Hurley was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from his truck, and suffered severe life-threatening injuries. If not for his remarkable physical conditioning, doctors said he most likely would have perished. Kings teammate Mike Peplowski was driving five minutes behind Hurley, and was first on the scene to render immediate aid. Hurley returned to the NBA for the 1994–1995 season, and played four more years beyond that. After retiring, Hurley went on to become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder. He was also hired as a scout by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003.
A fan of Thoroughbred horse racing, Hurley owned Songandaprayer who won the 2001 Fountain of Youth Stakes. He currently owns Devil Eleven Stables. In December 2009 he was sued by PNC Bank for defaulting on a $1 million loan that was used to purchase Songandaprayer, who was trained by Eddie Plesa, Jr.
On April 13, 2010, Wagner College announced that Hurley was hired as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team. Hurley joined his younger brother Dan Hurley's coaching staff. Dan Hurley was hired as Wagner's head coach on April 6, 2010. In 2012, the Hurleys took coaching positions at Rhode Island.
On March 26, 2013, Hurley was named the head coach of the University at Buffalo basketball team, replacing Reggie Witherspoon. Hurley coached the 2014-15 Bulls team to their first NCAA Division I tournament appearance.
Head coaching record
|Buffalo Bulls (Mid-American Conference) (2013–present)|
|2014–15||Buffalo||23–10||12–6||T–1st (East)||NCAA Second Round|
|Buffalo:||42–20 (.677)||25–11 (.694)|
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