One of the most accomplished coaches this country has produced, Dr Hurley led teams to NBL championships and steered Australian sides on the world’s biggest stage.
His first major success as a coach came in the 1960s, winning multiple state titles with school sides and teams representing Illawarra.
His success at various levels led to his appointment as the Foundation coach of the Australian Institute of Sport in 1981, which he served until 1992.
At the international level Dr Hurley coached the Australian men’s sides at the 1988 (first team to qualify for the medal rounds) and 1992 Olympic games, as well as the 1986 and 1990 World Championships.
He coached the AIS Women’s team to an Australian Club Championship in 1986 and in 1990 was selected as the Sports Australia Sports Educator of the Year.
Dr Hurley also has an NBL championship under his belt, leading the Perth Wildcats to two grand finals – and the 1995 title – in his five years in charge.
Returning to NSW, he was named coach of the Year 2001 and 2003 and is a Life Member of Basketball Australia, Illawarra Basketball and the Australian Basketball Coaches Association.
He was awarded an OAM for services to basketball in 1990 and was the recipient of the 2000 Australian sports medal.
He also was a player of some note, playing five years for the NSW Open Representative side, captaining them in 1971.