Bob Hurley Sr., President of St. Anthony High School, has guided, mentored, and coached students, student athletes, faculty members, staff, parents, and stakeholders at the school for over 40 years.
A Jersey City native, Hurley played high school basketball at St. Peter’s Prep in and college basketball at St. Peter’s College, both in Jersey City. Hurley and his wife Chris have three children: Bobby Jr., former Duke University and NBA star, current Head Basketball Coach at Arizona State University, Dan, former Seton Hall star, current Head Basketball Coach at University of Rhode Island, and Melissa, who is an Elementary School Teacher in the Jersey City Public School System. Hurley is a highly motivated and involved, community-oriented leader. He worked as a Hudson County Probation Officer for 28 years receiving numerous awards and retired from Probation in 2001. He then moved to the position of Director of Recreational Services for Jersey City and retired in 2008.
In August 2010, Coach Bob Hurley, Sr. was the 2nd High School Coach in history to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
He’s been the Head Coach for St. Anthony High School in Jersey City for 44 years. His career record stands at 1162-119. He’s captured 28 State Parochial titles, four National titles (1989, 1996, 2008, 2011) and eight undefeated seasons (1974, 1989, 1996, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016). Hurley achieved his 1000th win on February 2, 2011.
Hurley is #3 on the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Association) list of coaches with the most wins in boys’ basketball history (behind #2 Morgan Wootten, and #1Robert Hughes).
Seven of Hurley’s players have gone to the NBA: David Rivers (LA Lakers, 1988), Bobby Hurley (LA Kings, 1993), Terry Dehere (LA Clippers, 1993), Roderick Rhodes, (Houston Rockets, 1997), Roshawn McLeod (Atlanta Hawks, 1998), Tyshawn Taylor (Brooklyn Nets, 2012), Kyle Anderson (San Antonio Spurs, 2014). Two former players have made it to the Major Leagues in Baseball: Willie Banks (Minnesota Twins, 1987) and John Valentin (Boston Red Sox, 1989).
Hurley is about helping kids. Mentoring, teaching, guiding, caring, serving, Coach Hurley is a blessing for St. Anthony High School and has been for nearly half a century.