Rus Bradburd is an assistant professor at New Mexico State. He walked away from the glamorous world of college basketball after coaching fourteen seasons at UTEP and New Mexico State.
His short stories have appeared in Southern Review (special mention for a Pushcart Prize), Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, and Aelthon.
His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago's Daily Southtown, El Paso Times, Las Cruces Sun-News, and Houston Chronicle.
His book about race and college sports, Forty Minutes of Hell, was published in 2010 by HarperCollins' Amistad Books.
Bradburd traveled to Ireland in 2002 to coach in the laughable Irish Super League. While leading his beloved Tralee Tigers into dead-last place, he gleaned wisdom from his reclusive Irish fiddle teacher. His memoir about that time is Paddy on the Hardwood: a Journey in Irish Hoops (University of New Mexico Press, 2006).
His free summer program in El Paso's poorest neighborhood, "Basketball in the Barrio," has been featured nationally on NPR's weekend edition, was the subject of an award-winning feature film, and comprises a chapter of David Zirin's book, "Welcome to the Terrordome: the Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sport."
He's married to the poet Connie Voisine.