STORRS, Conn. (WPRI) — It’s official: URI’s former Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dan Hurley is now the new head coach for the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team.
UConn introduced Hurley as the new coach at a presser on Friday afternoon. Hurley’s departure from the Rams was announced Thursday after he met with the team to tell them of his decision. According to reports, Hurley’s contract with UConn is for 6 years and $3.1 million.
“UConn is one of the great brands in all of college basketball,” Hurley said at the presser on Friday. “Success on both sides have made it a brand that can stand up to any other in college basketball. The championship culture that has been established with the coaches and the players is special for me to be apart of.”
Reports that Hurley was being courted by UConn and Pittsburgh surfaced earlier in the week. Sources tell Eyewitness News that URI offered Hurley $2 million a year for seven years beginning in 2019, along with program upgrades including plans for a practice facility, raises for his staff and the ability to charter to all road games.
“It was certainly more than I was expecting,” Hurley said in an interview with Eyewitness News Thursday. “URI really stepped up to the plate and made it a really hard decision.”
Despite the offer, Hurley chose to join the Huskies, who have won four national championships since 1999.
“Consistent winning starts with a fundamental love of college students and after that it’s just a lot of hard work,” UConn President Susan Herbst said. “So Dan really does deserve to be at the college basketball capital of the world… which is UConn.”
Hurley resurrected a Rams program, bringing them to two straight NCAA Tournaments and winning Atlantic 10 regular season and conference tournament titles – all achievements that had not been done in Kingston this millennium. Hurley was honored as the A-10 Coach of the Year for the 2017-2018 season.
“The last six seasons we built something special there, and it will always have a special place in our hearts,” Hurley said. “I know that program is just going to continue to grow beyond my departure.”