Monday, February 28, 2011

Hall of Fame hoops coach to speak at St. Pat's dinner

Bob Hurley, a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach, will be the guest speaker at the Archbishop’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, hosted by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools.

The breakfast, featuring Irish-themed entertainment and food, will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford at 7 a.m. March 17.

Hurley, who coaches at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J., led teams that won more than 1,000 games, earned 23 state titles, 10 Tournament of Champions titles and three USA Today national championships. He was a two-time National Coach of the Year.

“Being around children for over 39 years and counting, the coach surely knows how to motivate them to excel on and off the court,” said Cynthia Basil Howard, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools. “He’s had several offers to coach on the collegiate and NBA levels, but refuses to leave the students behind. He knows the importance of a Catholic school education.”

For information about sponsorship, advertising in the program or to purchase tickets at $75 each, call 860-761-7499 or go to

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