Coach Hurley and Commitment

Coach Hurley and Commitment

I’m just finishing ‘The Miracle of St. Anthony’ and the incredible story of Bob Hurley’s life as a coach, leader and mentor for so many in his High School basketball program.   I expected to learn about his coaching style, the legacy of this program, and so on, but what really strikes me about Coach Hurley is his commitment to these kids.  He easily could have taken a much better paying coaching job in the NCAA or even the NBA (his track record is phenomenal), but he has committed his life to helping these boys in Jersey City.  Many of these kids come from tough lives on the streets, where broken families, crime, and poverty are as common to these boys as shooting hoops.   Coach Hurley has been a life changing force for these kids, developing many of them into excellent basketball players capable of getting college scholarships and, in some cases, premier players at top Division I schools and the NBA.  The book makes it clear – he is tough and has very large expectations, but his commitment and sacrifice for these kids, to St. Anthony’s and to making a lasting impact is an inspiration.  Reminds me of a great quote from Arthur Ashe:

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost”.

Keep up the great work Coach Hurley, you are a true modern hero in my book. You inspire me and many others in how you serve.