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July 8, 2024

Dan Hurley signs new 6-year, $50M contract at UConn

UConn Athletics UConn coach Dan Hurley cuts down the nets after leading the Huskies to the 2023 NCAA championship.

Dan Hurley has a new contract to coach men’s basketball at the University of Connecticut, but at least for now it doesn’t make him the nation’s highest-paid coach.

UConn announced the deal Monday, stating it is a six-year contract with a total value of $50 million that includes the opportunity “to earn additional compensation in the form of performance-based incentives.”

Coming off back-to-back national titles, Hurley will receive a base salary of $400,000 per year plus additional compensation for speaking, consulting and media obligations of $6.375 million for the 2024-25 season, the university said. The additional compensation also increases each year through the term of the contract.

Hurley also will receive a retention bonus of $1 million per year. 

UConn said salary increases in the new contract, as well as other “program investments,” will be covered through “the generosity of donors to the Husky Athletic Fund and increased ticket sales revenue.”

"Dan Hurley is the best men's basketball coach in the nation and we are delighted that he will continue to call UConn home," said UConn President Radenka Maric. 

"It's an honor to coach basketball at UConn and to represent this world-class institution and the great state of Connecticut," Hurley said. 

Following his second national championship in two years this spring, Hurley turned down an offer to coach the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers that reportedly would have paid him $70 million over six years. 

Before Hurley announced his decision to remain at UConn, Gov. Ned Lamont told reporters during an event in Fairfield that the state would “make sure he’s the top paid college coach,” according to a social media report.

The new contract didn’t quite achieve that goal. Including salary, bonuses and additional compensation, Hurley will make about $7.7 million for the 2024-25 season. That places him third among NCAA Division I coaches, behind Bill Self at the University of Kansas, who will be paid $9.6 million in the coming season, and John Calipari, who was recently hired by the University of Arkansas and will be paid more than $8 million.

Hurley will enter his seventh season at Connecticut in 2024-25, his 15th as a collegiate head coach. He holds an overall record of 292-163 (.642) and a 141-58 (.709) mark with the Huskies.

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