Dawkins: Hurley Hire Good For College Basketball

Dan Hurley has been named head coach at Connecticut

Taz and the Moose
March 22, 2018 - 10:36 am

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The University of Connecticut has hired Dan Hurley to replace Kevin Ollie as head basketball coach. Hurley, 45, spent six seasons at Rhode Island, leading the team to a 113-82 record, including NCAA Tournament wins in each of the last two seasons.

He reportedly agreed to a six-year deal and inherits a program that has won four national titles since 1999.

“I have a lot of respect for Danny,” UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins said on Taz & The Moose. “I’ve watched Danny over the years as a player and as a coach, and he’s done an amazing job in both capacities. I’m excited for his opportunity. He’s an East Coast guy. I think it could be a great fit for him there with regards to (where) he grew up and how close he is to UConn. I know he’s got to be excited for this new opportunity. I think it only continues to help college basketball to see a young man have that type of success and get an amazing opportunity like he has at UConn.”

Ollie guided UConn to the national championship in 2014, but the Huskies finished with a losing record two years in a row.

Dawkins, meanwhile, just finished his second season at UCF. The Knights are 43-25 during that time, this after going 24-36 over the previous two seasons. 

“I think we’re tracking in the right direction,” Dawkins said. “We’re looking at 40-plus wins in two years, so we have an average of over 20 wins a season, we’ve been .500 or better in our conference the last two years, and we’ve accomplished some things that have never been done here at UCF. I’m really proud of our guys for buying into what we want to have done and trying to create a new culture here. But I think we are on track. I’m excited about my team. I’m excited about our future.”