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UConn head coach Dan Hurley on dealing with the new normal in his life.

POSTED March 20, 2020
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

STORRS: UConn men’s basketball head coach Dan Hurley held his end of year conference call with reporters on Thursday and while most of the conversation centered around the abruptly ended 2019/2020 season and the future of the program, my question was about how he was dealing with what all of us are.

The mental part of the Coronavirus which is as big a challenge facing everyone at any level of society right now.

How has the second-year head man dealt with the new reality of an essentially closed down State of Connecticut and beyond?

“With the players,” Hurley said. “It consistently being in touch through texting or calling. Just keeping the communication lines open.”

When the season was called off, the Huskies were getting ready to play their first game in the American Athletic Conference Tournament a week ago when the rug was pulled out on all sports.

So many people are struggling for routine and Hurley found himself in need of a structure that for him was also turned upside down.

“For me personally,” Hurley said. “Just getting myself into a daily routine where I feel I’m bettering myself. Whether that be with exercise, meditation, prayer, reading or journaling, film study and just setting up a structured day. Recruiting calls, staff calls. Giving myself very structured days. So I just don’t focus on obsessing on Coronavirus and how it’s affecting daily life.”

Hurley continued.

“Obviously it’s a trying time so I’m trying to use it for family time,” the head coach said. “I don’t get to spend anywhere near enough time with my family. So I can spend more time with my wife Andrea and my two sons Danny and Andrew.”

“So, you know, we’re going to try and turn something that is really, really horrible and turn it into an opportunity to pause and be still and grow as a person.”

Hurley ended with a great suggestion for us all.

“We can also take time to do for others as well.”

Well said coach.

Best to you and yours.

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