Coach Dan Hurley, URI reach 2 year contract extension
By: News Staff
KINGSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — The University of Rhode Island and head men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley have agreed to a two-year contract extension. The new deal will keep him with the team through the 2023-24 season.
“Dan's leadership and commitment to our student-athletes has now firmly established our men's basketball program as one of the top in the Atlantic 10 conference,” said David M. Dooley, president of the University of Rhode Island.
“We look forward to next season and continuing to build on the momentum that Dan, his coaching staff, and our student-athletes have developed over the past few years.”
This past season URI advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years.
The team beat Creighton in the first round before being losing to eventual Final Four participant Oregon in the second round.
The Rams finished the 2016-17 season with a 25-10 record.
“I appreciate the opportunity to continue to lead the Rhode Island men’s basketball program. So much goes into building a championship culture and I am proud of the efforts we have made in all facets of our program. We know there is a great responsibility in representing our state university and we are proud of our many successes in competition, in the classroom, and in the community,” Hurley said.
“With Dan Hurley as our head coach, the men’s basketball program has made us all proud. The transformation and establishment of the championship culture was evident this past march - from cutting down the nets at the Atlantic 10 Championship through the run to the NCAA tournament. I am excited to continue our partnership with Dan and to continue to help this program grow through his vision and leadership,” said Thorr Bjorn, Rhode Island’s Director of Athletics.