AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Bobby Hurley has the name recognition few college coaches can match, and he is quickly building up a resume’ that reflects that fact.
UB’s head coach has the Bulls making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance this week, a dream come true on a couple levels for many of his players.
“If you had told me a couple years ago, Bobby Hurley would be my head coach, our head coach, we would never even imagine,” said senior Xavier Ford after Saturday’s win in the MAC Championship.
Hurley’s success should come as no surprise. He played for his dad in high school, a legendary high school coach. In college, he suited up for Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski – another all-time great. For the first three years of his coaching career, he coached alongside his brother, first at Wagner and then Rhode Island.
“I hope I learned something from those guys. If I didn’t, I wasn’t paying attention. Just to see how Coach K ran his program. How he motivated, how he communicated with his team, how he cared about his players,” said Hurley.
“I bring a players’ perspective to it also. I had an NBA career, a college career, so I know what these guys are going through,” said Hurley.
It’s proving to be a winning combination for the Bulls, who take on West Virginia Friday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulls take on WVU at 2:10 Friday in Columbus, Ohio.