Rus Bradburd

Rus Bradburd

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Rus Bradburd lives in Las Cruces, N.M., and Chicago. He coached basketball at UTEP and New Mexico State for 14 seasons before resigning to pursue a writing career in 2000. 

His fiction has been featured in the Southern Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Freight Stories and Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Houston Chronicle, El Paso Times, Las Cruces Sun-News, Bounce Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. He's also a regular contributor to SLAM Magazine. For years he was a highly regarded teacher of dribbling and ball-handling skills.  

Rus traveled to Ireland in 2002 to coach Tralee's Frosties Tigers. His memoir, "Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops," was published in 2006.

In 2010, HarperCollins published "Forty Minutes of Hell: The Extraordinary Life of Nolan Richardson," which won the Southwest Book Award and accolades from President Bill Clinton. 

His summer camp, Basketball in the Barrio, has won numerous awards and was the subject of an award-winning film by Doug Harris. 

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