Hurley, a senior from Jersey City, was an exceptional high school player. He was born and raised in Jersey City and 50 years ago. Hurley led the team to a record of 31-1 and ranked No. 2 nationally.
Initial professional journey
In 2001, Hurley came back to the high school level and continued the basketball program at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., When Rutgers decided to alter the coaching staff. He was appointed as a assistant coach at Rutgers and remained there for four years.
Lance Thomas, Tristan Thompson, and J.R. Smith were mentored by Hurley, who had an exceptional 223-21 record in nine seasons at St. Benedict’s Prep. He honed his skills and instructed history while establishing the program as a dominant force in the national prep school scene. In the national standings, he achieved four Top Five placements and guided four McDonald’s All-Americans and aspiring NBA athletes.
During his last four years, Dan Hurley’s teams in Rhode Island had a combined record of 113-82, with two appearances in the NCAA tournament and one in the NIT. He guided the Rams to a first-round victory in the NCAA tournament in his final two years, achieving a combined record of 51-18. Before arriving at Rhode Island, he took over a program that had a 7-23 record the season before, and in the following six years, he came to UConn.
Within a span of three years, the team achieved its initial triumph against a nationally-ranked adversary, encompassing three triumphs, three games into his inaugural season as the head coach of the Huskies in 2018-19. He swiftly made his mark on the program when he accepted the challenge of revitalizing a team that endured two consecutive seasons of defeat, assuming the role as the 19th head coach in the illustrious history of UConn basketball on March 22, 2018. Since assuming the position of head coach for the UConn men’s basketball program in March 2018, Dan Hurley has skillfully guided the Huskies on a consistent ascent back to national eminence.
However, Hurley, the previous two-time college basketball designer, knew that the Huskies, a four-time NCAA champion, would not find it easy to maintain their national distinction. It was not surprising at all that UConn’s final record was 16-17.
In the 2021-22 season, UConn’s head coach Hurley has successfully utilized his secret magic to attract a consistent influx of highly-rated recruits, resulting in the uprise of his coaching staff and the success of the UConn basketball team in the NCAA Tournament. Under Hurley’s guidance, the Huskies made back-to-back appearances in the Big Dance, marking their first-ever appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Throughout the season, UConn’s fourth under the Era Hurley, the team achieved impressive victories, including being ranked in the Top 25 of the national poll for 15 weeks, winning four games on neutral sites against Top 25 opponents, and securing five wins on the road.