Dr. Adrian Hurley OAM


Adrian Hurley has been an outstanding contributor to New South Wales and Australian basketball for more than four decades. A New South Wales representative for five years, including captaining the team in 1971, Adrian’s natural forte is in education and he went on to become one of the countries greatest basketball coaches.

After a stint as head coach of the Illawarra Hawks, Adrian was the founding coach of the Australian Institute of Sport basketball program, a position he held for eleven years at a time when Australian basketball was booming at both a local level through the NBL and in international competitions.

After assisting Lindsey Gaze at the World Championships in 1982 and Olympic Games in 1984, he took the reigns as the national senior coach for seven years. In 1988, Adrian created history by leading the Australian Boomers to the medal rounds of the Olympic Games.

Among other outstanding achievements, Adrian coached the Perth Wildcats to the NBL title in 1995, was named NBL Coach of the Year in 2004-5 and NSW Coach of the Year in 2001-2003.


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