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The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Adrian Wojnarowski

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19. Januar 2006
In a city mired in endless decay, where the youth suffer through all the horrors of urban blight, hope comes in a most unassuming form: a tiny brick schoolhouse run by two Felician nuns where a singular basketball genius takes teenagers from the mean streets of Jersey City and turns them into champions on the hardcourt. Coach Bob Hurley had been working miracles at St. Anthony High School for over thirty years, winning state and national championships and offering his players rescue from their surroundings through college scholarships, when he met his most dysfunctional team yet. In The Miracle of St. Anthony Adrian Wojnarowski follows Hurley through a gripping and heartrending season as he struggles to lead a troubled team to glory through his unparalleled understanding of the game and his ceaseless determination to see no more children lost to these streets.

In The Miracle of St. Anthony, acclaimed sports journalist Adrian Wojnarowski follows Hurley through a gripping and heartrending season, as he struggles to lead a troubled team to glory through his unparalleled understanding of the game and his ceaseless determination to see no more children lost to the city streets.

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Acclaim for The Miracle of St. Anthony:
“It takes two ingredients to make a book special: a great story and a great storyteller. The Miracle of St. Anthony has both. Bob Hurley is a remarkable coach; Adrian Wojnarowski is his equal as a writer.”
—John Feinstein, bestselling author of  Season on the Brink

“Takes you through this miracle season where this high school basketball team didn’t have the greatest talent but somehow came out on top . . . [Coach Hurley] is dedicated to these city kids and helping them overcome the obstacles that the city can offer. A lot of his lessons are not about basketball, but about life, and doing things the right way.”
—Bill Raftery, The Wall Street Journal

Chicago Tribune

“A classic.”
Boston Globe

New York Post

“Hard to put down.”
The Washington Post

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Adrian Wojnarowski is a sports columnist for The Record of New Jersey, where he was honored as Columnist of the Year in 1997 and 2002 by the AP Sports Editors, and is a frequent contributor to He has appeared numerous times as a featured commentator on ESPN, on Jim Rome’s television programs, WFAN radio, and the MSG Network.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Required reading for AAU coaches... 31. Mai 2005
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Coach Bob Hurley is an old fashioned basketball coach. He does not massage egos...he does not compromise...he demands a strong dedication to excellence...and if you don't give will be asked to turn in your uniform. In other words...only hard work works. "The Miracle of St. Anthony; A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty," should be required reading for all AAU basketball coaches across the nation.

Many AAU programs do not teach the fundamentals of basketball...they showcase...and use players as trophies. Many AAU programs are also factories who spit out players regularly when other more talented players come along. Coach Hurley teaches his kids how to play as a team and sticks with them for a lifetime. He also introduces a culture of refreshing honesty and does not engage in the dark world of under the table payments to, "street agents."

Admittedly, Coach Hurley would not get away with the harsh screaming and cursing of players in most affluent suburban basketball communities. However, it appears to be the right forumla in Jersey City an inner city low-income community just across the Hudson River in the shadows of New York City. The kids who play for St. Anthony use basketball as an escape from the demons of drugs and violence on the streets. They use the academic and basketball education at St. Anthony's to get free rides to college.

Coach Hurley shows them the path. He does so by teaching them discipline...the discipline to keep your mouth shut and play ball. It is amazing that Coach Hurley's teams rarely get called for technical fouls. They play the game on the court and are prohibited to "trash talk" to opposing players, coaches or officials.

But it is hardly a piece of cake...Coach Hurley is demanding. He expects a "total," commitment. Some pages of this book are harsh. However, this is a national high school powerhouse with a long tradition of championships and it is hard to argue with the genius of Coach Hurley. Recommended.

Bert Ruiz
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Can't Wait for the Movie 17. August 2005
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As a high school baseball and basketball coach, this book is a must read. I could't put the book down. It is an easy read which gives those in suburbia a glimpse of America not often seen. Bob Hurley, the man,the father, the husband, the coach is a true American hero. Coaches, parents, administrators, and athletes can learn much from this well told story. I can't wait to see the movie!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hurley is amazing 27. Dezember 2005
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As a coach, I like to read about what makes a program successful. I love to look inside the pro or college programs and see what makes them tick. But books are few and far between that give you a look into a high school program. Particularly one as successful as St. Anthony's in New Jersey. As you read the book you cannot help but appreciate everything Hurley and his players must overcome to be a success. Gangs, poverty, low expectations, negative peer pressure, a school constantly on the brink of going under financially. Hurley lets you see his program warts and all. His famous temper. His battle with apathetic players. How he handles parents with unrealistic expectations. How he pushes, pleads, drives his players. It is all there for us to see and be either repelled or amazed. I've heard Hurley lecture. This let me know more about the man. I really enjoyed this book. If you are a high school coach or just a basketball fan, I think you will too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Beacon of Hope in a Terrible Area 21. Februar 2005
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Sub-Title: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty

I once went to a play in a Jersey City High School and I wondered how anyone could live in such a bleak, even dangerous environment. And this is a tale of not only learning, but excelling in an environment where most of us want to drive through quickly with the doors locked.

This is a story about basketball. But more than that, it is a story of depressed urban areas with all the usual problems of race, drugs, poverty, and all the other problems. At the same time it is a story of hope and fulfillment. It's also the story of extraordinary people who are willing to spend their careers helping the people in such an area to get ahead.

More than just a basketball story, this is a story of a small brick schoolhouse run by Felician nuns always at the edge of bankruptcy but somehow able to barely survive but to continue to turn out educated kids.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good Timing For a Great Story 14. September 2006
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Adrian Wojnarowski must have been one the luckiest writers of 2005--his chosen subject, a basketball team coached by coaching legend Bobby Hurley in one of America's roughest cities, is composed of an incredibly talented but socially delinqent group of players, makes an amazing run and has one of the best years in the program's storied history. Not a bad premise and one that the author couldn't have imagined when he set out to write this book.

Fortunately, like John Feinstien in Season on the Brink, Wojnarowski does the subject justice with excellent reporting, great writing and a very honest and engaging style. There are a huge number of "Year in the life of..." style books now and many of them are about athletic teams or athletes and this is certainly one of the three best I've read (along with Season and Friday Night Lights). I would recommend it to anyone who likes basketball, socio-economic issues (the Jersey City backdrop and how it affects the kids and school are fascinating) and most importantly for coaches or teachers who want to know how to lead your pupils. A fantastic book that I recommend very highly.
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