From the youth to the corporate world, Thurl Bailey inspires others to win whatever the odds or disappointments. Master storyteller and accomplished speaker, he inspires companies and individuals to focus on what matters most; to persevere, build winning teams, encourage peak performance, develop leadership, and discover opportunity in change.
Twice Thurl has led teams from far behind to win national championships. His most recognized title was the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack team which beat the famed University of Houston Cougars. That national championship game was voted greatest finishes of all time in all sports. Because of his outstanding leadership skills and the quality of his character, as well as his impressive basketball skills, he was drafted by the Utah Jazz as the 1983 7th overall pick of the N. B.A. Draft. Thurl spent twelve of his sixteen-year professional basketball career in the N. B. A., and four years playing overseas, in Italy and Greece. His courtesy and integrity both on and off the court and his strong sense of community service have led to numerous civic awards and earned him the nickname "N.B.A.'s Mr. Nice Guy".
When you meet Thurl Bailey you first notice a 7 feet tall athlete. But he is a man of as much depth as height. Thurl is a gifted inspirational singer and songwriter. Among his many musical awards are the 2000 Pearl Awards of Best Contemporary Recording and Best New Artist of the Year.
His other awards include the N. B. A.'s prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Award, the Utah Association for Gifted Children Community Service Award, Sigma Gamma Chi Fraternity's Exemplary Manhood Award.
Thurl is entering his 21st season as a pre, half and postgame analyst for the Utah Jazz and AT&T SportsNet, and will see action for selected games as the color commentator this season, with play by play veteran Craig Bolerjack.
Thurl currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Basketball Retired Player’s Association.
He and his wife Sindi live in Highland, UT and have 3 children.