Bobby Hurley

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Bobby Hurley
Hurley standing at the sidelines of a basketball game
Hurley coaching in 2019
Arizona State Sun Devils
PositionHead coach
LeaguePac-12 Conference
Personal information
Born (1971-06-28) June 28, 1971 (age 50)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Anthony
(Jersey City, New Jersey)
CollegeDuke (1989–1993)
NBA draft1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career1993–1998
PositionPoint guard
Number7, 12
Coaching career2010–present
Career history
As player:
19931998Sacramento Kings
1998Vancouver Grizzlies
As coach:
2010–2012Wagner (assistant)
2012–2013Rhode Island (associate HC)
2015–presentArizona State
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

Career statistics
Points1,032 (3.8 ppg)
Rebounds283 (1.1 rpg)
Assists880 (3.3 apg)
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Robert Matthew Hurley (born June 28, 1971) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Arizona State men's team. He was previously the head coach at the University at Buffalo.

As a player, he was an All-American at Duke University, where he won consecutive national championships. He is the all-time leader in assists in NCAA basketball. He played for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA from 1993 to 1997.

Playing career[edit]

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., was 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.[1][2]

Hurley was a point guard for coach Mike Krzyzewski's Duke University team from 1989 to 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

On December 12, 1993 while Hurley was returning home following a game in his rookie season, he was involved in a car accident. His SUV was broadsided by a station wagon. Hurley was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from his vehicle, and suffered severe life-threatening injuries.[6] Kings teammate Mike Peplowski was driving five minutes behind Hurley and was among the first on the scene to render immediate aid.[7]

Hurley returned to the NBA for the 1994–95 season and played four more years beyond that.


After retiring, Hurley went on to become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder.[8] He was also hired as a scout by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003.[9]

Hurley appeared in the 1994 feature film Blue Chips, where he played for the Indiana team under coach Bobby Knight.

A fan of thoroughbred horse racing, Hurley owned Songandaprayer who won the 2001 Fountain of Youth Stakes.[10] 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.[11]


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 had been hired as Wagner's head coach on April 6, 2010. In 2012, the Hurleys took coaching positions at Rhode Island.[12]

On March 26, 2013, Hurley was named the head coach of the Buffalo Bulls, replacing Reggie Witherspoon.[13] Hurley coached the 2014–15 Bulls team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

On April 9, 2015, Hurley was hired as head coach at Arizona State. In his first conference game with the Sun Devils, he gained notoriety when he got ejected for 2 technical fouls in 15 seconds for arguing with the officials against the rival Arizona Wildcats.[14] After he got ejected, he encouraged the crowd to continue to taunt the officials.[15] Following a 15–17 first season at Arizona State, Hurley's contract was extended through 2021.[16] A second season showed improvements and ASU improved its roster with transfers and a few recruits. During his third year as head coach, Hurley would lead Arizona State to their first 12–0 start and sweep their non-conference schedule. Along the way, ASU beat Top-10 teams Kansas and Xavier and were ranked #3 by the Associated Press. With three senior guards leading the way during that time, they began to market themselves as 'Guard U' to start the 2017–18 Pac-12 Conference schedule against their rivals Arizona Wildcats. Following the 77–70 loss Feb 15, he fell 0–6 against his biggest rival Arizona Wildcats. Despite their early season success, the Sun Devils struggled mightily in conference play, going only 8–10 and earning the 9th seed in the Pac-12 tournament, where they were defeated in the first round by the 8th seeded Colorado Buffaloes. Nevertheless, ASU still earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament and faced Syracuse in a First Four matchup in Dayton. The Orange then beat the Sun Devils 60–56, thus ending their season. Hurley's squad finished 20–12, 8–10 in the Pac-12, his best season so far as the Sun Devils' coach.

On December 22, 2018, Hurley led the Sun Devils to its first home win (and second win ever) against a #1 NCAA ranked team (Kansas).[17]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Buffalo Bulls (Mid-American Conference) (2013–2015)
2013–14 Buffalo 19–10 13–5 1st (East)
2014–15 Buffalo 23–10 12–6 T–1st (East) NCAA Division I Round of 64
Buffalo: 42–20 (.677) 25–11 (.694)
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12 Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Arizona State 15–17 5–13 11th
2016–17 Arizona State 15–18 7–11 8th
2017–18 Arizona State 20–12 8–10 T–8th NCAA Division I First Four
2018–19 Arizona State 23–11 12–6 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2019–20 Arizona State 20–11 11–7 T–3rd No postseason held
2020–21 Arizona State 11–14 7-10 9th
2021–22 Arizona State 2-5
Arizona State: 106–88 (.546) 50–57 (.467)
Total: 148–108 (.578)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Telander, Rick (November 23, 1992). "Greetings From Jersey City". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "Boys Basketball All-Century Top 10". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  3. ^ "Bobby Hurley". Duke Update. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Triumph of the Swoosh With a keen sense of the power of sports..." Sports Illustrasted. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  6. ^ "Driver Guilty in Hurley Case". The New York Times. December 30, 1994. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  7. ^ Araton, Harvey (October 21, 1994). "BASKETBALL; Bobby Hurley's Road Back". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  8. ^ Rosenblatt, Richard (August 6, 2006). "Former basketball star Hurley has high hopes of winning Haskell horse race". USA Today. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  9. ^ "Sixers add former Duke standout to staff". USA Today. September 25, 2003. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  10. ^ Nobles, Charlie (February 18, 2001). "HORSE RACING; Hurley's Long-Shot Horse Holds On to Beat Favorite". The New York Times. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  11. ^ Patton, Janet (December 12, 2009). "Bank sues ex-Duke star Hurley over loan". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved December 12, 2009.
  12. ^ Thamel, Pete (March 20, 2012). "Dan Hurley Leaving Wagner to Coach Rhode Island" – via
  13. ^ Goodman, Jeff (March 26, 2013). "Bobby Hurley hired at Buffalo". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  14. ^ "WATCH: Bobby Hurley explodes for 2016's best ejection of the year so far". Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  15. ^ Thamel, Pete. "Bobby Hurley sets bad precedent with ejection". Sports Illustrated.
  16. ^ "ASU basketball: Sun Devils extending Bobby Hurley's contract". azcentral. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  17. ^ Kansas vs. Arizona State score: The No. 18 Sun Devils upset the No. 1 Jayhawks, who lost for the first time this season Retrieved December 22, 2018

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