In 40 seasons as the head basketball coach of St. Anthony High School, a private parochial school in Jersey City, New Jersey, Bob Hurley has established a standard of excellence and achievement without peer. With over 1,000 wins, 26 state championships, 4 national championships, 7 undefeated seasons, an astonishing career winning percentage of .905, and 4 national “Coach of the Year” selections, Hurley has one of the most–if not the most–impressive resumes in high school sports. Remarkably, he has done this at a school with a total student body enrollment of about 230, with no gymnasium, and with an operating deficit that threatens to shut the place down every year. It’s not unusual to find his kids practicing in the cafeteria or lifting weight in a converted storage room. Hurley sweeps the court himself before each home game.
In Chasing Perfect: The Will to Win in Basketball and in Life, Hurley opens up his tool box and shares some of the championship strategies he’s developed to lift his players up and out of Jersey City. Part memoir, part coach’s notebook, and part reflection on the St. Anthony players, the book will stand as an invaluable resource for coaches and players trying to elevate their game and a compelling barometer of life in and around the hardscrabble streets of Jersey, set against the backdrop of one of the most enduringly competitive high school basketball programs in the country.
Early reviews for CHASING PERFECT:
“Some guys become basketball coaches in the pros with all the million dollar players and million dollar stadiums, and some become coaches in college basketball and get everything they need. But this fellow here, Bob Hurley, has spent most of his life coaching at a poor parochial school in the toughest part of Jersey City. He’s been there 40 years. There’s only 230 students, no gym, no budget, nothing. But this coach makes it happen…changes young lives, makes them champions. It’s a great story about a great man named Bob Hurley.” —Regis Philbin
“For decades Bob Hurley has been an inspiration to the world of basketball. Chasing Perfect is an outstanding memoir about what it takes to be great.” - Coach K.
“As a long-time admirer of Coach Hurley and his commitment to the players of St. Anthony’s, I loved Chasing Perfect as a compelling glimpse inside his toolbox. From the intensity Coach instills in his players to his tireless passion and commitment to winning, this book takes the nuances of basketball and illuminates the larger life lessons as only a coach could. This is a must-read for every coach, player, and fan of the game.” —Jeff Van Gundy
Read an excerpt from Chasing Perfect by Bob Hurley
BOB HURLEY has amassed 26 state championships and more than 1000 wins in 40 years as a coach at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
DANIEL PAISNER is the coauthor of over fifty books, including Serena Williams's On the Line, Denzel Washington's A Hand to Guide Me, and books with Whoopi Goldberg, Ron Darling, and Montel Williams -- all New York Times best-sellers.