Utah State Athletics held a press conference on Monday to officially announce the hiring of Tim Duryea as the new head coach of the men's basketball team. Duryea will be taking over for former head coach Stew Morrill, who retired earlier this year.
Before being announced as the head coach, Duryea spent the last 14 years under Morrill's helm as an assistant coach. Prior to that, he spent four years at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, four years at North Texas and two years at Colorado State. "It is very rare to stay 14 years in one place as an assistant, but I think that shows the level of commitment I have to this program," Duryea said.
During the time Duryea has been at USU, the school has been to eight NCAA tournaments, have won seven conference championships and four conference tournament championship. Duryea says the big reason for the success is due to the philosophy that coach Morrill put in place. Duryea says he hopes to continue to have the success now that he is at the helm.