Unbridled passion. Proven experience. Unwavering commitment. Lofty expectations.
Those four elements are among the most vital to changing a culture and Dan Hurley has brought them to fruition each and every day he coaches at the University of Rhode Island.
In just three full seasons as head coach, Hurley’s plan to completely overhaul the Rhode Island men's basketball program is evident in every way. Coming off a 23-win season and a return to the post season, Hurley - the 2014-15 United States Basketball Writers Association District I Coach of the Year - is poised to return the Rams to the national stage in 2015-16.
In April, 2015, Hurley and the University agreed to restructure his contract, reflecting the University’s continued investment in the program and its commitment to future growth and success. The extension of the current pact runs through the 2021-22 season.
A cornerstone of Hurley’s success as a head coach is his commitment to individual improvement and development - on and off the court. Since taking over as the University’s 19th head men’s basketball coach on March 21, 2012, Hurley has not missed a single team practice or workout. He places an extremely high value on each and every minute of practice time during the season.
Hurley’s success has been bolstered by some of the highest-rated recruiting classes in program history. According to 247Sports.com, Rhode Island had the top crop of newcomers in the A-10 in 2013-14, led by A-10 Co-Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-American E.C. Matthews and All-Rookie team selection Hassan Martin. Rhode Island posted the league’s second-best recruiting classes in 2012-13 and 2014-15. This past year, true freshmen Jared Terrell was an A-10 All-Rookie team selection while Jarvis Garrett started the final 18 games at point guard for the Rams.
Hurley’s Rams spent much of 2014-15 battling for their first-ever Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship. Rhody held a share of first-place in the league into the month of March - the latest a URI team had held at least a share of first place in the A-10. Rhody finished in a tie for second place, advancing to the conference championship’s semifinals. The Rams were a #3 seed in the 2015 National Invitation Tournament, downing Iona in the opening round before falling at eventual NIT champion Stanford.