Bob Hurley Sr. notches 1,000th win

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Bob Hurley Sr. made history -- again.

Hurley, who has been coaching at St. Anthony for the past 39 years, became just the 10th high school boys basketball coach to ever reach the 1,000-win mark on Wednesday after the Friars defeated rival St. Mary's 76-46 at home. Hurley's career record stands at 1,000-110.

"I'm somewhat of a historian," said the 63-year-old Hurley, who became just the third high school coach ever to be inducted into the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame last year. "It's a very difficult number to get to. You have to do this for a long time and be pretty good at it. And have an awful lot of help along the way. It's an incredible accomplishment. We're very proud of this."

Hurley, who began coaching at St. Anthony in 1972-73, has amassed 23 state titles, 10 Tournament of Champions titles and three USA Today national championships. He is a two-time National Coach of the Year.

Still, it was his enshrinement in Springfield, Mass., that means the most to him.

"Well, I guess the Hall of Fame would be No. 1," Hurley said. "This [1,000th win] is a nice accomplishment because to do this you need countless people involved in this having happened. I know it's happened a few other times in the past, but I'm thrilled to be in that group, whoever that group may be right now."

Hurley's latest milestone was never in question. His team, ranked No. 2 in ESPNU's national poll, jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter, scored 22 of the first 24 points and rolled from there.

"Coach Hurley never shows a lot of emotion so I can't really tell if it meant a lot, but on the inside it really, really meant a lot to get this far in his career," said St. Anthony star guard Myles Mack, who had 12 points and will play his college basketball at Rutgers. "I think it meant a lot to him. It certainly meant a lot to us as players."

Hurley, whose team improved to 16-0 on the season, has sent five of his players to the NBA, including his oldest son, Bobby, who excelled for his father at St. Anthony before winning two national championships at Duke and later spending six seasons with the Sacramento Kings.

"I'm just proud of him, happy to have been a small part of it," said Bobby, who is now an assistant coach to his brother Danny at Wagner. "But I've lived it, so it's personal for me. I know how much time he's put into the school and developing it. I'm just happy to see him recognized this year with the Hall of Fame and now this milestone. I think it's been great for him."

Hurley always downplayed reaching the 1,000-win mark, even as he got closer and closer. He reached 999 victories on Monday after the Friars took care of East Orange Campus, 69-37.

And now that he's gotten to 1,000, he's already setting his sights on 1,100.

"I'm gonna do it for a while," Hurley said. "We hit 1,000 today and 1,100 is already a number we'd like to chase.

"I'm not going anywhere and hopefully the school isn't going anywhere. We'll do the best we can to keep the school viable in this economy. An event like this may draw some attention from this and maybe people will acknowledge the work that we do, in addition to winning basketball games."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPN NewYork.com.