Hurley off to a quick start at Wagner
May, 5, 2010
By Adam Finkelstein, ESPN Recruiting
Danny Hurley broke through a major barrier going from St. Benedict's Prep to Wagner College and high school coaches all over the country are now rooting for his success. Regardless of level of success at the high school level, the unspoken rule among college athletic directors is that high school coaches lack the experience -- with recruiting in particular -- to be successful college coaches, especially at the Division I level. Coming from one of the most prominent basketball and coaching families in the country, Hurley had obvious name recognition not to mention a distinguished background having played at Seton Hall and coached at Rutgers before taking over at St. Benedict's nine years ago and building that program into one of the most prestigious in the country, with a 223-21 record under his leadership. Nevertheless, when Wagner athletic director Walt Hameline made this hire he was choosing the path less traveled. Almost a month to the day that Hurley was named the Seahawks' head coach, Hurley is proving that any doubts about his ability to hit the ground running in recruiting were completely unjustified.