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Dan Hurley leaves Wagner for Rhode Island

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Dan Hurley has decided to leave Wagner College for new coaching opportunities. Hurley, who spent the past two years at Wagner, is expected to become the new men’s basketball head coach at Rhode Island.

He reportedly informed his team at a Tuesday meeting to tell them that he’ll be leaving for the Rhode Island vacancy. Wagner will begin a search for a new head coach.

Former Wagner Seahawks men’s basketball head coach Danny Hurley in action, talks to players during practice
Danny Hurley in action, talks to players during practice (Photo by Chuck Solomon/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

Hurley turned around Wagner in just two years. The Seahawks were 5-26 before he arrived on campus, then was 13-17 in his first year at the school. This past season, the team was 25-6.

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Hurley will replace Jim Baron, who was fired after 11 seasons at the school. The Rams were just 7-24 this season.

Hurley was a high school head coach at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey for nine years. He had a 223-21 overall record and coached four McDonald’s All-Americans.

He also spent time on his father’s (Bob Hurley) staff at St. Anthony High School and at Rutgers as an assistant coach.

This past season, Wagner finished second in the Northeast Conference. Only the Long Island Blackbirds had a better overall record, as they led the conference with a 16-2 mark despite having a 25-9 overall record. 

Hurley’s team lost in the semifinals of the NEC Basketball Tournament, where they were eliminated by the Robert Morris Colonials by the score of 71-64. Wagner did not accept a postseason bid. 

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Latif Rivers led the team with 14.6 points per game under Hurley. He was just one of three Seahawks players, who scored in double-digits. 

Jonathon Williams averaged 13.4 points per game. Plus, Tyler Murray also averaged 12.0 points per contest. 

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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