By Rodney McKissic
When first-year UB coach Bobby Hurley is out recruiting he’s often asked if his coaching touch is similar to the relentless, no-nonsense approach of his father’s. The answer is no.
Some recruits have seen the 2010 documentary “The Street Stops Here” which features Bobby Hurley, Sr.’s 2007-08 St. Anthony’s High School championship team in which Hurley, Sr.’s in-your-face style with his players is on full display.
There’s yelling, lots of yelling, and players ran sprints while wiping the floor with towels. No one is bigger than the program as Mike Rosario learned when Hurley benched him on the day he learned he was named to the McDonald’s All-American team. Rosario’s offense was bad body language.
Hurley, who played for his father in the late 80s, remembers feeling his father’s wrath.
“I came in with the wrong body language that he didn’t like and I ran around the court for an entire practice,” Hurley said. “I think I ran a mini-marathon.”
But Hurley, Sr. is one of a handful of high school coaches enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame because he gets the most out of his players including Bobby, one of five St. Anthony’s players who were drafted in the first round of the NBA.“It made you tougher,” Hurley said. “It made you stronger.”