Submitted by Haley Stafford, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
(September 7, 2022) — Chairwoman Kristen Roberts of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce has announced that University of Connecticut Men’s Head Basketball Coach Dan Hurley will serve as keynote speaker at a Chamber Breakfast Meeting on Friday, October 7, 2022.
The Breakfast Meeting, sponsored by ConnectiCare, will be held at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Chamber President Larry McHugh noted, “We look forward to welcoming Coach Dan Hurley, leader of the UConn Men’s Basketball Program, to our Member Breakfast Meeting once again. We are all very proud of Dan’s success as a fantastic Coach. I also want to thank him for speaking to our members and thank ConnectiCare for their sponsorship of what is sure to be another great event.”
The cost is $25 for Chamber Members and $35 for non-members.
Advance registration is required, please register online: www.middlesexchamber.com.
Since taking over as Head Coach of the UConn Men’s Basketball program in March of 2018, Dan Hurley has guided the Huskies on a steady climb back to national prominence. In the 2021-22 season, the fourth of the Hurley Era at UConn, not only did the upward trajectory continue, but the program took another significant leap.
Back to a semblance of normalcy following the uncertain Covid-plagued season of 2020-21, Hurley coached the 2021-22 Huskies to 23 overall wins (23-10), the third different program he has resurrected from a sub-.500 record to a 20-win season in four years or less. It was the highest number of overall wins for a UConn team in six years and the most conference wins (13) for UConn in eight seasons.
Not only has UConn’s winning percentage improved in each year under Hurley, but last season, the Huskies had five road wins, three wins against Top 25 opponents, four neutral-site victories and were ranked in the national Top 25 poll for 15 weeks. Hurley again took his team to the NCAA Tournament, marking UConn’s first back-to-back appearances in the ‘Big Dance’ in 10 years. The season included a second consecutive top three finish in the BIG EAST Conference, a second straight trip to the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals, three separate five-game winning streaks, and the team’s 10 losses were by an average margin of just 4.7 points.