Bobby Hurley

Bobby Hurley
Arizona State Sun Devils
Position Head coach
League Pac-12 Conference
Personal information
Born (1971-06-28) June 28, 1971
Jersey City, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school St. Anthony (Jersey City, New Jersey)
College Duke (1989–1993)
NBA draft 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career 1993–1998
Position Point guard
Number 7, 11, 12 15
Coaching career 2013–present
Career history
As player:
19931998 Sacramento Kings
1998 Vancouver Grizzlies
As coach:
2010–2011 Wagner (asst.)
2012 Rhode Island (assoc. HC)
2013–2015 Buffalo
2015–present Arizona State
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As Coach

Career statistics
Points 1,032 (3.8 ppg)
Rebounds 283 (1.1 rpg)
Assists 880 (3.3 apg)
Stats at

Robert Matthew Hurley (born June 28, 1971) is a former college and professional basketball player in the United States, and current college basketball coach. Hurley is currently the head coach of the Arizona State men's basketball team. He was previously the head coach at Buffalo. Before becoming a head coach he was an assistant coach for Wagner and an associate head coach for Rhode Island on the staffs of his younger brother Dan.

Playing career

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.[1][2]

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.[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 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]

Head coaching record

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 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
Arizona State: 15–17 (.469) 5–13 (.278)
Total: 57–37 (.606)

      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


  1. Telander, Rick (1992-11-23). "Greetings From Jersey City". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  2. "Boys Basketball All-Century Top 10". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  3. "Bobby Hurley". Duke Update. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
  5. "Triumph of the Swoosh With a keen sense of the power of sports...". Sports Illustrasted. Retrieved 2015-07-06.
  6. "Driver Guilty in Hurley Case". The New York Times. 1994-12-30. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  7. Araton, Harvey (1994-10-21). "BASKETBALL; Bobby Hurley's Road Back". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  8. Rosenblatt, Richard (2006-08-06). "Former basketball star Hurley has high hopes of winning Haskell horse race". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  9. "Sixers add former Duke standout to staff". USA Today. 2003-09-25. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  10. Nobles, Charlie (2001-02-18). "HORSE RACING; Hurley's Long-Shot Horse Holds On to Beat Favorite". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  11. Patton, Janet (12 December 2009). "Bank sues ex-Duke star Hurley over loan". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  12. Dan Hurley Leaving Wagner to Coach Rhode Island
  13. Goodman, Jeff (26 March 2013). "Bobby Hurley hired at Buffalo". CBS Sports. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  14. "WATCH: Bobby Hurley explodes for 2016's best ejection of the year so far". Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  16. "ASU basketball: Sun Devils extending Bobby Hurley's contract". azcentral. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
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