Hurley Finalizes Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Head coach Dan Hurley has finalized his coaching staff at the University of Rhode Island.
Bobby Hurley will be joining the Rhody staff as the team's associate head coach, while Jim Carr arrives in Kingston as an assistant coach after spending the last 13 seasons at Rutgers. Preston Murphy will remain in his role as an assistant with the Rams.
"I'm very excited to have the coaching staff finalized and ready to go," said Hurley. "With Bobby, Jim, and Preston, I feel we have all the pieces in place to build for the future of Rhode Island basketball. All three coaches have strong pedigrees and have a lot to offer our players as role models, mentors, and teachers of the game. We share the same vision for success."
Bios for Hurley and Carr are listed below:
Bobby Hurley - Associate Head Coach
Bobby Hurley begins his first season as a member of the men's basketball coaching staff at Rhode Island, serving as the team's associate head coach.
Prior to arriving in Kingston, Hurley spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Wagner College as a member of his brother Dan's coaching staff.
One of the best point guards in the history of college basketball, Hurley helped the Blue Devils to a four-year record of 119-26 (.821) with three Final Four berths, was a two-time All-America selection (1992-93), three-time All-ACC pick (1991-92-93), two-time NCAA All-Final Four honoree (1991-92) and the Most Outstanding Player of the 1992 NCAA Final Four. Hurley is the all-time NCAA Division I leader in assists, with 1,076, and holds Duke's single-game assist record, with 16 against Florida State on Feb. 24, 1993.
Playing in 140 career games, he amassed career totals of 1,731 points, 1,076 assists, 306 rebounds and 202 steals. His #11 jersey was retired and raised to the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium in 1993. In 2002, Hurley was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team as one of the 50 greatest players in ACC history. Hurley was also voted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame and entered alongside his former coach and mentor Mike Krzyzewski in 2011.
This year, in conjunction the 35th anniversary of the McDonald's High School All-American Game, Hurley was named one of the game's 35 greatest all-stars, along with former Duke standouts Grant Hill and Christian Laettner.
Hurley was a lottery pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 1993 NBA Draft. Hurley played six seasons in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies. After retiring, he went on to become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder before being hired as a scout by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003.
A native of Jersey City, N.J., Hurley grew up in one of America's most well-known basketball families. His father, Bob, Sr., is the highly successful head coach at St. Anthony H.S. During the summer of 2011, he became just the second high school coach inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
As a prep, Hurley starred at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City and led the Friars to four consecutive Parochial B state titles. In his senior year, he guided the St. Anthony to a perfect 32-0 record, the school's first Tournament of Champions crown, and the No. 1 ranking in the nation. In his high school career, St. Anthony's overall record with Hurley, Jr. as point guard was 115-5.
Hurley and his wife Leslie are the proud parents of three children: Cameron, Sydney and Bob.
Jim Carr - Assistant Coach
Jim Carr joins the Rhode Island men's basketball coaching staff after spending the previous 13 seasons at Rutgers.
Carr spent five seasons (2004-05 to 2008-09) as an assistant coach and served as recruiting coordinator for the Scarlet Knights in 2009-10 before assuming the role of director of basketball operations role. He had previously served in the capacity of Director of Men's Basketball Operations at Rutgers from 1997-2000 and has an extensive background that includes over 20 years of coaching, administration and recruiting experience at the high school and college levels.
Known as a tireless worker and recruiter, Carr mentored numerous Scarlet Knights standouts, most notably All-BIG EAST selection and 2006 NBA first round choice Quincy Douby and 2010 NBA Draft selection and current Washington Wizard Hamady Ndiaye.
Carr's extensive international experience has developed valuable recruiting inroads for RU. He was instrumental in the program signing highly-touted prospects from South America, Africa and Europe. He has also coached multiple all-star teams on overseas tours, including trips to the Ukraine and to the Bahamas.
The Freeland, Pa., native began his second stint at Rutgers in September, 2002 after spending two years as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson under former head coach Tom Green. Carr began his coaching career as the athletic director/head basketball coach at the York (Pa.) Country Day school. He has served as an assistant at Kings (Pa.) College and Stroudsburg High School and was the Assistant Director for the Invitational Basketball Camps in Stroudsburg, Pa. Carr earned a general studies degree from York College in 1990.
He and his wife Natalie announced the founding of "In Brayden's Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation" in July. The foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization. The foundation has a fully volunteer staff. One hundred percent of its net proceeds go directly into a fund to provide athletic, social, rehabilitative, and academic opportunities to children with seizure disorders, as well as to provide humanitarian support/relief to their parents.
Brayden passed away on May 10. Out of tragedy, the Carr family dedicated their lives to honoring their son's indomitable spirit and infectious enthusiasm for life through positive endeavors.
"The overwhelming support our family has received from the basketball community in the wake of Brayden's passing has been heartfelt and inspiring," said Jim. "We see an opportunity to help families dealing with similar challenges. It's important that we do not let this opportunity pass us by. Through support, donations and corporate partnership, our hope is that Brayden's smile shines on, his laugh is heard and his eyes are forever bright through the efforts of this very important foundation."