Dan Hurley is a product of one of the most well-known basketball families in the country, led by his father, Bob Sr., a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee following a legendary high school coaching career at powerhouse St. Anthony’s in Jersey City (N.J.) and including older brother Bobby, an All-American and two-time National Champion player at Duke, who played for five years in the NBA, and is currently the head coach at Arizona State.
It is as a coach, however, that Hurley has made the basketball world take notice – not only as a winner, but as a program-builder and a positive guiding force for young men. While still a young coach in college basketball terms, Hurley has already taken charge of three struggling hoop programs – one prep and two college – and built them into competitors on the national stage. In just his second year at Connecticut he has landed a Top 20 recruiting class, moving the program in the right direction.
In his last season at URI, Hurley’s team posted a 26-8 record, which included a 16-game winning streak, the second-longest in school history. Rhode Island swept to the Atlantic 10 regular-season title with a 15-3 mark, and spent seven weeks ranked in the national polls, rising as high as No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches poll, earning a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Hurley was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.
Hurley was an outstanding high school player at St. Anthony’s in Jersey City, NJ, leading the team to a 31-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking as a senior. At Seton Hall, he played under head coaches P.J. Carlesimo and George Blaney, amassing career totals of 1,070 points and 437 assists and helping the Pirates to three NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT berth during his tenure. Following his graduation in 1996, Hurley went directly into coaching, joining his father at St. Anthony’s for one year before heading into the college ranks at Rutgers.