Last week, Dan Hurley was coaching Rhode Island as it made a run to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Today, Hurley has been officially hired as the new coach of UConn.
Multiple reports linked Hurley to UConn over the last 24 hours, but the Huskies made it official on Thursday morning on Twitter.
Here is the tweet:
— UConn Huskies (@UConnHuskies) March 22, 2018
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Hurley and UConn agreed on a six-year deal. The 45-year-old Hurley is replacing former UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who was fired in early March. UConn won the national championship in 2014 during Ollie’s second season as the team’s coach, but has only gone to the NCAA Tournament one time since (2016).
Hurley is taking over a UConn team that went 14-18 overall in the 2017-18 season, which includes a 7-11 record in conference play.
Goodman’s report also notes that Hurley had three offers to choose from, as he was weighing offers from Rhode Island, UConn and Pittsburgh.
In addition, Hurley will bring Tom Moore — former UConn assistant coach under Jim Calhoun — on as his assistant, according to the ESPN article.
Hurley coached at Rhode Island from 2012-18, going 113-82 with the Rams. Hurley took Rhode Island to the NCAA Tournament in the past two seasons. This season, the Rams defeated Oklahoma in overtime in the first round before they were knocked out by Duke in the following round.
Prior to his stint at Rhode Island, Hurley coached at Wagner from 2010-12, and at St. Benedict’s Prep before that (2001-10). He got his start in college coaching as an assistant coach at Rutgers from 1997-2001.