Divided Loyalties : The Diary of a Basketball Father

Bob Hurley Sr.

Published by Zebra, 1993
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Synopsis: Fathers and sons. Winning and losing. Making hard choices in life. This extraordinary book about a remarkable family and a true American hero explores some of the oldest and most important myths and truths about the American experience.
Bob Hurley, Sr. is the veteran head coach of one of the most successful and unlikely basketball programs in the country. Nestled into a rough corner of crowded, crime-ridden Jersey City, St. Anthony High School has 270 students and no gymnasium. Yet in addition to innumerable tournament victories, state championships and #1 rankings, St. Anthony has produced such players as David Rivers, Terry Dehere, Jerry Walker, and two hustling point guards named Bobby and Danny Hurley, who happen to be the coach's two sons.
What does it take to be a winner in today's world? How can a father instill the competitive spirit in his children, yet teach them how to put their losses behind them? How can young people today survive negative peer pressure and learn discipline and a successful work ethic?
With veteran New York sportswriter Phil Pepe - and featuring observations by both Bobby and Danny Hurley - Bob Hurley shares his views on balancing a life of family, sports, and intense competition. Against the dramatic backdrop of St. Anthony's championship 1992-93 season - the same season that Bobby and Danny went head-to-head against each other in a game between Seton Hall and Duke - coach Hurley describes his own childhood in ethnically diverse Jersey City, playground basketball duels between his father and brothers, college recruiting wars, and the hurdles his sons and many of his players had to overcome both on and off the court.

From Booklist: Hurley is the father of both Bobby, an All-American basketball player at Duke--this season, a rookie guard with the Sacramento Kings of the NBA--and Danny, a star player at Seton Hall. Pops Hurley is also head basketball coach at St. Anthony's in Jersey City. Last season, he kept a diary of his very hectic basketball schedule, which included his own St. Anthony's practices and games as well as every Duke and Seton Hall game he could squeeze in. The Duke and Seton Hall aspects of Hurley's diary are fairly routine sagas of big-time college hoops, but the story of Hurley's players at St. Anthony's, an inner-city Catholic school, packs considerably more power. Many of the players are from poor, single-parent homes. The lure of the street is strong, but these kids want something more. Many work long hours at low-paying jobs to earn the school's tuition. What they get in return is the discipline and caring family atmosphere offered by the faculty and by Hurley, who has spent 22 years providing opportunities for people who might not otherwise have a chance. Inspiring reading. Wes Lukowsky

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Title: Divided Loyalties : The Diary of a ...
Publisher: Zebra
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
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