About Coach Hurley

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Bob Hurley is the basketball coach at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. Hurley has amassed 25 state championships and more than 1100 wins in 39 years as a coach, creating a national powerhouse despite substandard facilities and financial limitations. On February 2, 2011, Hurley became the 10th coach in high school history to win 1000 games. Seven of his teams have gone undefeated, including his 2007-08 team. On April 5, 2010, he was announced as the only coach to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame that year and only the third high-school coach in history to be so honored; he was formally inducted on August 13 of that year. Hurley is the father of Bobby Hurley, a former All-American point guard at Duke, and Dan Hurley, who was hired in April 2010 to coach Wagner College after years of coaching at Newark’s Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School, also one of the top high school programs in the nation. Since then Dan has become the Head Coach at the University of Rhode Island.  Bobby has since became the Head Coach at Buffalo University.

Hurley’s undefeated 1989 team, which featured Jerry Walker, Hurley’s son Bobby, Terry Dehere, and Rodrick Rhodes, was ranked first in the nation by USA Today. Three of the players on that team — Bobby Hurley, Dehere and Rhodes — were first round draft choices in the NBA draft. That team won New Jersey’s first Tournament of Champions and amassed 50 straight victories in a two-year span. It is generally considered one of the best teams in New Jersey history.

Hurley’s 2007-08 squad was also undefeated, finishing with 32 wins and no losses and ranked number one in the U.S. even though no starter is taller than 6’6″. The ’08 team, with six seniors accepting Division I basketball scholarships, also won Hurley’s 10th Tournament of Champions, winning its state tournament games by an average of more than 27 points per game. The team also won St. Anthony’s 25th state championship, more than any other school in U.S. history. Hurley was the coach for 23 of those teams and an assistant coach on the other two

America’s Premier High School Basketball Coach

  • Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 40+ years as Head Coach at St. Anthony HS (NJ)
  • Over 1,100 Career Victories
  • 27 New Jersey Parochial State Championships
  • 13-time NJ State Tournament of Champions Winner
  • National Champions: 1989, 1996, and 2008
  • Over 200 former players accepted college scholarships
  • 7 former players have become 1st Rd NBA draft picks