May 31, 2015
By Ken Thorbourne
St. Anthony High School president and head basketball coach Bob Hurley sits down for an editorial board meeting with The Jersey Journal on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal
With more than 1,100 victories, 25 state championships and four national titles on his resume, legendary St. Anthony High School basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr. is putting on the full court press to save his beloved Jersey City Catholic school.
In today’s The Record, sports columnist Tara Sullivan highlights Hurley’s role as president of St. Anthony, a post he assumed last June.
“The same disciplined approach that kept countless young basketball players in line over the years does cross over well in one way, however, pushing Hurley to work as hard for the welfare of the entire school as he has for its basketball program,” Sullivan writes.
“Yet for all the fundraising highs he’s helped hit, using the likes of a golf tournament, a sports roast and a beefsteak dinner to meet past annual goals in the $1.4 million range, the school finds itself in crisis as the end of the fiscal year approaches,” she adds.
The postponements of two fundraising events has led to an approximate $300,000 budget shortfall, according to Sullivan.
To cope with the deficit, Hurley has a “high-end cocktail hour” event coming up June 9 featuring NY Giant great and sportscaster Phil Simms, and a June 19 beefsteak dinner featuring comedian Donnell Rawlings.
In a profile piece on Hurley earlier this year — as part of The Jersey Journal’s “Hudson Newsmakers” series — Jersey Journal City Editor Patrick Villanova explained that with no financial subsidies coming from the Archdiocese of Newark, The Eighth Street school charges $6,250 for tuition but must raise the rest of the nearly $13,000 it costs to educate each student.
A graduate of St. Peter’s Prep and Saint Peter’s College, Hurley previously worked as a probation officer for 30 years and served as the director of Jersey City’s Department of Recreation for seven years. He receives no salary from St. Anthony. He is going into his 43rd year as head coach of the school’s basketball team.