UConn welcomes new head coach Dan Hurley

New University of Connecticut head basketball coach Dan Hurley accepts a Huskies jersey during a news conference in Storrs, Conn., Friday, March 23, 2018. (Pool)

The University of Connecticut welcomed new head basketball coach Dan Hurley at a Friday afternoon news conference.

Hurley was presented with a Huskies jersey sporting No. 1.

Hurley on Thursday accepted a deal to coach at UConn, leaving the University of Rhode Island after six seasons.

Hurley was 113-82 in six seasons with the Rams, including a 26-8 mark and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this season. He guided Rhode Island to its first Atlantic-10 regular-season championship this season and its second straight NCAA tourney appearance.

Hurley replaces Kevin Ollie, who led the Huskies to the 2014 national championship. But the program has posted consecutive losing seasons and was 14-18 this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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