Hurley Introduced as URI Basketball Head Coach [VIDEO]

Danny Hurley, URI Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn and URI President David Dooley all speak at an afternoon press conference introducing the school’s new head basketball coach.

KINGSTON – With a couple hundred fans and two rows of cheerleaders hailing his arrival, new University of Rhode Island men’s basketball coach Danny Hurley was introduced on Wednesday afternoon in Keaney Gym.

Hurley spoke for about 10 minutes, preceded by URI Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn and URI President David Dooley. At the dais was Hurley’s brother and former college hoops star Bobby Hurley, who will be an assistant coach on his staff, and in the crowd was his wife, his two children, Bobby’s family and their father, coaching legend Bob Hurley Sr.

See the attached videos for the press conference statements from Danny Hurley, Bjorn and Dooley.

Following the press conference, Bjorn confirmed media reports that Hurley’s contract is for six years. He said that while final details are being ironed out, it is a base salary of $300,000 per year, with an additional $300,000 guaranteed per year via gate receipts and other benefits.

According to Bjorn, if Hurley hits all of the performance-based incentives in his contract, the value would be about $700,000 to $800,000 per year.

Responding to a question from a Providence Journal reporter, he said the department was aware of the general economic health of the state, but added that retaining former head coach Jim Baron would have cost the program more in lost revenue than going in a different direction. The university also receives less than 10 percent of its overall budget from the state now, thanks to declining contributions over the past decade.

Billy Baron, the son of Jim Baron, indicated in a post-press conference interview with local media members that he will stay at URI.

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Brian Z March 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM
"The university also receives less than 10 percent of its overall budget from the state now, thanks to declining contributions over the past decade." Steve, thank you for appropriately pointing out the state's contribution to URI's budget as a relevant factor. In the local "mainstream" media's endless pursuit to dramatize URI's head coach as the "highest paid state employee" it bothers me how infrequently this is actually referenced. Implying that the full salary is this big burden to the state because it has more shock value during these difficult economic times is not only very misleading, it's simply irresponsible journalism in my opinion. I think it was Mark Twain who famously said, "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story."
RhodyRams71 March 22, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Brian I agree completely. The ProJo has stooped to new lows trying (and suceeding) to incite the public. Meanwhile the basketball program pays for itself and then some.
Joe Smith March 29, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Plus there are valuable other benefits (admissions) from a team that makes the NCAA tournament, etc. The one thing, not knowing the contract details, is the gate receipts. I hope it's based on a percentage of change from last year's average -- the coach can't fully control the schedule or the marketing, but bottom line is a winning product brings fans. I didn't like Baron getting the receipts from the highest attended game (I think that was the metric) -- it's easy to have a sell out for a rival game..the incentive is can you sustain higher attendance.
not gonna May 11, 2012 at 02:37 AM
in a state where every other town is going bankrupt, and retirees losing their colas and other benefits, maybe it's just me but it doesn' t sound like a wise decision to me to hire a coach at a cost of 600 to 800k a year.
Stephen Greenwell May 11, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Hi there - Hurley's salary is pretty much paid for by athletics. More to the point, URI only gets about 10 percent of its budget from the state at this point.


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