AUP BOARD, BASKETBALL IN THE BARRIO DIRECTOR
Bradburd is Chicago native, a former college basketball coach and author of titles that include "All the Dreams We've Dreamed: a Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago's West Side" as well as the controversial "Forty Minutes of Hell: The Extraordinary Life of Nolan Richardson"
Rus teaches writing classes in New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) MFA program. A Chicago native, he coached basketball at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and New Mexico State for fourteen seasons before resigning to pursue a writing career in 2000.
At NMSU, he studied with Robert Boswell, Antonya Nelson, and Kevin McIlvoy. His fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Freight Stories, and Aethlon.
Since retiring from college coaching, his essays have appeared in New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, El Paso Times, Las Cruces Sun-News, Heartland Journal, SLAM Magazine, Bounce, and Los Angeles Times.
Rus went to Ireland in 2002 to coach Tralee's Frosties Tigers. Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops was his first book, published in 2006.