A week before Emerson College won its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference basketball championship — earning a ticket to the NCAA Division 3 tournament — head coach Bill Curley was honored at his alma mater.
On Feb. 17 at Boston College’s Conte Forum, his No. 15 jersey was retired at halftime of the Eagles’ game against Miami. Curley and his teammates from the 1993-94 team that upset defending national champion North Carolina en route to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight also were honored.
The 6-foot-10-inch forward also captained the Jim O’Brien-coached team that defeated Indiana in the East Regional.
“Winning a game [North Carolina] that people said you couldn’t win was a lesson I pass on to my players at Emerson, about following a game plan and making your teammates play better,’’ said Curley, 46, a 1994 third team All-American and the second BC player to reach 2,000 points for a career.
“I can’t remember not being around basketball, and I felt coaching would be a good fit,” he added.
A McDonald’s All-American while starring at Duxbury High, Curley was a first-round draft pick of the San Antonio Spurs in 1994 and played seven seasons in the NBA. He also coached at Archbishop Williams High and joined O’Brien at Emerson before taking over as head coach in 2014.
“I love being around the game and the players — they’re so passionate about what they do,’’ said Curley, “and when you see them get ‘it’ — wow!’’
Curley’s wife, Kim, is president of The Parent Connection, which unites parents, teachers, and children through workshops and programs. The couple resides in Duxbury and have three children, Jack, Caroline, and Andrew.