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Source: US State of Connecticut

Most fans know that Huskies men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley has established a reputation as a coach who can rebuild struggling programs and return them to winning ways.

As a member of one of the nation’s best-known basketball families, Dan Hurley grew up with the game in New Jersey.

His father, Bob Senior, is a legendary Hall of Fame coach who guided the powerhouse St. Anthony’s High School team in New Jersey, where he won 26 state championships in 39 years, only the 10th high school coach to win 1,000 games.

His older brother Bobby was an All-American and two-time National Champion player at Duke, who played for five years in the NBA and now is the head coach at Arizona State, after serving as an assistant coach to Dan at both Wagner College and The University of Rhode Island.

As he prepared for his second season leading the men’s basketball team, Coach Hurley spoke with UConn 360 about his approach to improving a team, what he learned as a high school coach that helps him coaching at the college level, his expectations for team leadership on the floor and his own experience walking into Madison Square Garden for the first time as a player. 

In this extended interview from the UConn 360 podcast, Hurley reflects on the journey that’s taken him to Storrs.