UConn and Head Coach Dan Hurley Agree to 6-Year, $50 Million Contract

Head Coach Dan Hurley of the Uconn Huskies in 2019
Head Coach Dan Hurley of the Uconn Huskies in 2019. Photo by Gregory Vasil/CSM/Shutterstock (10146753z)

Two-time NCAA champion Dan Hurley received a new contract from the University of Connecticut to remain the head coach of the Huskies. The move comes weeks after Hurley considered leaving the program and becoming the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

UConn confirmed the news on social media without revealing the financial terms of the agreement. Reportedly, the deal is for six years and worth $50 million. Hurley can earn more money based on performance incentives.

“It’s an honor to coach basketball at UConn and to represent this world-class institution and the great state of Connecticut,” Hurley said in a statement. “We are extremely proud of the championship program that we have rebuilt for our supporters and fans. We will continue to obsessively pursue championships and historic success, while continuing to develop great young men. Bleed Blue!”

Dan Hurley, son of Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Bob Hurley, got his first head coaching job at St. Benedict’s Prep before embarking on successful stints at Wagner and Rhode Island. In 2018, he was hired by UConn to restore a struggling program to its former glory.

Hurley did exactly that with the Huskies, leading them to a 141-58 record, four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and two back-to-back titles.

The Lakers, looking to hire a new head coach after firing Darvin Ham, approached Hurley in June in an attempt to lure him to the NBA. While Hurley seriously considered their six-year, $70 million offer, he ended up passing on the opportunity in favor of pursuing three-peat with the Huskies.

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