Robert Matthew Hurley (born June 28, 1971) is an American basketball coach, and a former college and professional player. Hurley is the head coach of the Arizona State men's 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 staff of his younger brother Dan.
|Arizona State Sun Devils|
|Born||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 15|
|2012–2013||Rhode Island (associate HC)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
|Points||1,032 (3.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||283 (1.1 rpg)|
|Assists||880 (3.3 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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 1993–1997.
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.
Hurley was a point guard for coach Mike Krzyzewski's Duke University 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.
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. Kings teammate Mike Peplowski was driving five minutes behind Hurley and was among the first on the scene to render immediate aid.
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 had been hired as Wagner's head coach on April 6, 2010. In 2012, the Hurleys took coaching positions at Rhode Island.
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. After he got ejected, he encouraged the crowd to continue to taunt the officials. Following a 15–17 first season at Arizona State, Hurley's contract was extended through 2021. 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).
Head coaching recordEdit
|Buffalo Bulls (Mid-American Conference) (2013–2015)|
|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)|
|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|
|Arizona State:||73–58 (.557)||32–40 (.444)|
Postseason invitational champion
Coaches who have served under Hurley and became NCAA head coaches:
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- Patton, Janet (December 12, 2009). "Bank sues ex-Duke star Hurley over loan". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved December 12, 2009.
- Dan Hurley Leaving Wagner to Coach Rhode Island
- Goodman, Jeff (March 26, 2013). "Bobby Hurley hired at Buffalo". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
- "WATCH: Bobby Hurley explodes for 2016's best ejection of the year so far". CBSSports.com. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
- "ASU basketball: Sun Devils extending Bobby Hurley's contract". azcentral. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
- 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