22 June, 2023
Dan Hurley’s substantial contract extension is the outcome of Connecticut winning the national championship.
Hurley signed a six-year agreement worth over $30 million, UConn said on Thursday. In April, the Huskies defeated San Diego State to win the championship.
“It’s a commitment on behalf of the university and certainly a commitment on Coach Hurley’s behalf,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “We both believe this past year was the start of something significant. Although our program is used to winning championships, this was Coach Hurley’s first. And we want to make sure it’s not his last.”
Hurley, 50, replaced Kevin Ollie as head coach of the Huskies when he transferred from Rhode Island to UConn prior to the 2018–19 season. The Huskies qualified for the NCAA tournament each of the previous three seasons, and they were given a No. 4 seed going into the 2023 tournament.
After losing the Big East tournament championship to Marquette, UConn dominated the whole tournament. With the exception of a 13-point victory against Miami in the Final Four, UConn’s victories in every game of the tournament were by double digits. UConn won their fifth championship in the last 25 years, and three different head coaches have guided the Huskies to those victories.
The 2023 Final Four appearance triggered a condition that enabled Hurley to extend his previous UConn contract through the 2029 season. The contract had previously run through the 2027 season. He will now earn an average of $5 million per season as opposed to his prior base pay of little under $3 million.
Three important players from UConn’s championship team are anticipated to be taken in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. Jordan Hawkins might be selected in the lottery, while Andre Jackson and Adama Sanogo could be taken in the second round. As part of their 2023 recruiting class, the Huskies want to add five-star point guard Stephon Castle and four other four-star players in their stead.