Niagara Gazette

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March 26, 2013

UB names Bobby Hurley as new head coach

Niagara Gazette — AMHERST — The University at Buffalo held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce the hiring of former Duke point guard Bobby Hurley as its new men’s basketball head coach.

UB Athletic Director Danny White confirmed the move less than two weeks after firing 14-year head coach Reggie Witherspoon.

"After reviewing a large and highly-qualified national pool, and following my conversations with some of the most respected figures in college athletics, coach Hurley was clearly the choice to lead the next era of UB basketball," White said. " As we continue to foster our role as the flagship athletic department for the state of New York, the appointment of coach Hurley sends a clear statement that the University at Buffalo is committed to bringing big time college athletics to the Western New York community and the state at large.”

Hurley is highly regarded as one of the best point guards in the history of college basketball. In his four-year career at Duke, he helped lead it to three Final Four appearances, two consecutive National Championships and is college basketball’s all-time assists leader.

The Sacramento Kings selected him seventh overall in the 1993 draft, but his career was derailed after a serious car accident during his rookie season. He was able to return but was never the same, playing only five seasons before retiring.

In 2003 he rejoined the basketball world as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2010 he was hired as an assistant coach by his brother, Dan Hurley, at Wagner College. This past season he followed his brother to Rhode Island where he served as the associate head coach for the Rams. 

“I’m honored to be a head coach, and at the University at Buffalo,” Hurley said. “I think my (experience in the game of basketball) has prepared me for this moment. Everything I was blessed to have — a chance to play for some of the best coaches in the history of the game, to learn from them and then to spend three years with my brother Dan — has prepared me to go out on my own.”

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