UConn coach back in NJ for 9/11 trib­ute game

The Island Packet - - Sports -

UConn men’s coach Dan Hur­ley was teach­ing high school his­tory at St. Bene­dict’s in Ne­wark, N.J., on Sept. 11, 2001, when he looked out the win­dow and saw smoke ris­ing from the World Trade Cen­ter across the Hud­son River in New York.

One of Hur­ley’s friends would lose his brother, a New York fire­fighter, in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks that day. Hur­ley had just started at the prep school as a teacher and coach. He took sev­eral in­ter­na­tional stu­dents into his home while the school was tem­po­rar­ily closed dur­ing the en­su­ing chaos.

Hur­ley re­turns to Ne­wark on Satur­day, his first visit back home since tak­ing the UConn job.

The Huskies (7-2) will play No. 11 Florida State (7-1) just blocks from St. Bene­dict’s at the Pru­den­tial Cen­ter in the Never For­get Trib­ute Clas­sic.

The event hon­ors those killed in the Sept. 11 at­tacks and raises money for the ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren who lost par­ents that day.


Con­necti­cut head coach Dan Hur­ley stands with play­ers dur­ing the na­tional an­them be­fore an NCAA col­lege bas­ket­ball game Sun­day in Hart­ford, Conn.

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