Hurley, who has spent the past two seasons at Wagner, had been one of the top targets for the Rams during their coaching search.
Danny, who is the son of Hall of Fame high school coach Bob Hurley, and the brother of former Duke guard Bobby Hurley, compiled a 38-23 record at Wagner over the past two years.
The Rams had been looking for a new head coach after dismissing Jim Baron from his duties back on Mar. 4.
Hurley, who played at Seton Hall back in the early 90s, has spent time as both an assistant and head coach at the Division I level, while mixing in a number of successful year at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey.
After a 13-17 season at Wagner back in 2010-11, Hurley led the Seahawks to a 25-5 mark this past year. Wagner finished second in the Northeast Conference where it was LIU Brooklyn who earned the league’s automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament.
URI is coming off one of their worst seasons in recent memory, finishing the year at 7-24 overall and 4-12 within the Atlantic 10.
The Rams have not qualified for the NCAA Tournament since 1999.