Rhode Island has had to go through a couple of offseasons wherein Dan Hurley’s been a coaching candidate at other stops. Two months ago, Rutgers courted him, for example. But Hurley made the right choice in sticking at URI. He’ll have his best team yet next season — provided everyone stays healthy.
Remember, URI was a likely tournament team last season, but lost its best player, E.C. Matthews, in the team’s first game of the season. Hassan Martin, who’s the No. 2 guy for the Rams, went down later in the season.
But now, in the lead-up to 2016-17, Rhode Island has extended Hurley’s contract. The school announced on Wednesday that his deal now goes through the 2021-22 season. That’s a tack-on year from the extension he got in 2015.
“I am very excited to continue to work together with Dan Hurley for years to come,” Rhode Island AD Thorr Bjorn said in a statement. “As a result of incredible hard work by so many including Dan and his staff, President Dooley, the URI Foundation, Athletic department staff and our fans and donors, we are in position to do something very special with our men’s basketball program. I can’t think of a better person I would like to partner with to see this vision through than Dan.”
Rhode Island is our pick as the A-10’s best next year. We slot the Rams at No. 15 in our Ridiculously Early Top 25 (and one). Stanford Robinson should be a big addition, and getting key guys like Jared Terrell and Kuran Iverson back should mean URI’s best season in a long time.
“The anticipation level for the upcoming season is high due in large part to the quality of the student-athletes we have recruited here,” Hurley said in a statement. “It is an exciting time for us as a program.”
Hurley, 43, has a 62-64 record through four seasons at URI.