UConn hires URI’s Dan Hurley to replace Kevin Ollie as head men's basketball coach

UConn basketball has made a major splash with its newest head coaching hire.

The Huskies have hired Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley to replace Kevin Ollie, who was dismissed following this season. Hurley has spent the last six seasons at URI.

He led the Rams to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2018 Atlantic 10 regular season title, compiling an overall record of 112-82 in the process.

According to reports, Hurley has signed a six-year deal with the Huskies. It is worth more than $3 million per season.

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Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Rhode Island Rams head coach Dan Hurley reacts on the sidelines against the Oklahoma Sooners during overtime in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Rhode Island Rams head coach Dan Hurley reacts on the sidelines against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Rhode Island Rams head coach Dan Hurley reacts on the sidelines against the Duke Blue Devils during the first half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Rhode Island Rams head coach Dan Hurley celebrates after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in overtime in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Rhode Island Rams head coach Dan Hurley walks of the court with Rhode Island Rams forward Cyril Langevine (10) after being defeated by the Duke Blue Devils in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Rhode Island Rams head coach Dan Hurley reacts against the Duke Blue Devils during the first half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Head coach Dan Hurley of the Rhode Island Rams watches his team in the first half of the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley during a time out during the final of the 2018 Atlantic 10 men's basketball tournament between the Rhode Island Rams and the Davidson Wildcats on March 11, 2018, at Capital One Arena, in Washington D.C. Davidson defeated Rhode Island 58-57. (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09: Head coach Dan Hurley of the Rhode Island Rams looks on against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the second half in the Quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
KINGSTON, RI - FEBRUARY 09: Rhode Island Rams head coach Dan Hurley during a college basketball game between Davidson Wildcats and Rhode Island Rams on February 9, 2018, at the Ryan Center in Kingston, RI. Rhode Island defeated Davidson 72-59. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DAYTON, OH - JANUARY 20: Rhode Island Rams head coach Dan Hurley reacts in a game between the Dayton Flyers and the Rhode Island Rams on January 20, 2018 at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, OH. Rhode Island won 88-74. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 20: Head coach Dan Hurley of the Rhode Island Rams yells to the fans 'we have heart' after the win over the La Salle Explorers at Tom Gola Arena on February 20, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rhode Island edged La Salle 95-93 in overtime. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
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Hurley is known for his ability to turn programs around. Prior to URI, he revamped a struggling Wagner program, taking the Seahawks from a 5-25 season under Mike Dean in 2009-10 to the doorstep of the NCAA Tournament two years later.

Hurley was 38-23 in two seasons at Wagner. Before taking the job there, he built St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J. into a national powerhouse over the course of nine seasons. Hurley coached a number of standouts with the Gray Bees, including current NBA players Tristan Thompson, Lance Thomas and J.R. Smith.

Hurley is the son of legendary New Jersey high school coach Bob Hurley Sr. and the younger brother of former Duke star Bobby Hurley. He was a fine player in his own right at Seton Hall from 1991-96, helping the Pirates reach two NCAA Tournaments and win the 1993 Big East Tournament.

Of course, UConn’s standing in college basketball has taken a hit since the Huskies won their last national title in 2014. Hurley could be the guy to get them going again, given his success at his prior two stops and his ability to recruit.

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