UConn coach back in NJ for 9/11 tribute game
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 lost his brother, a New York firefighter, in the terrorist attacks. 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 Pruden- tial 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.