Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
For UConn’s Dan Hurley, coaching switch also means apparel change
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Throughout his coaching career, UConn’s Dan Hurley has worn gear from every major apparel brand.
When he first began as a coach at St. Benedict’s Prep in 2001, his team was sponsored by and1. From there, as the Gray Bees became a national power producing high-major Division 1 players, St. Benedict’s transitioned to Reebok and later to Nike. Hurley then wore Under Armour during his two years as head coach at Wagner, and then donned Adidas during his six years at Rhode Island. Now he’s back with the Swoosh after taking over at UConn.
“I don’t think there’s a coach that’s been in more sneaker [stuff] the last 12 years than me,” Hurley told SNY.tv by phone.
This weekend he will hit recruiting events on the Nike, Under Armour and Adidas circuits, but he’s still transitioning to UConn Nike gear that he’s comfortable with after wearing Adidas for the last six years.
“Basically my whole wardrobe went to my friends, family, good will,” he joked of all the Rhode Island gear.
Nike Elite has shipped him all kinds of new gear, but he’s still sorting through all the sizes to make sure his clothes and sneakers fit correctly.
“Every company’s sizing is different,” he said. “I finally figured out my Adidas sizing and now I gotta start over. You need time to put together your wardrobe. I look like I’m half getting my stuff from the book store.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.