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Dan Hurley forging his own identity at Wagner

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Wagner coach Dan Hurley directs his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Against Texas A&M on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M won 86-51.

Wagner coach Dan Hurley directs his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Against Texas A&M on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M won 86-51.

Pat Sullivan, Associated Press

Dan Hurley had the luxe life at St. Benedict's.

He led a national prep powerhouse that traveled the country and churned out Division I prospects. He could have been a high school lifer and, maybe way down the road, a Hall of Famer like his dad.

Best of all for a basketball coach, losing was a rare disturbance, not a regular occurrence.

Not at Wagner.

In his first season as a college head coach, Hurley has a 4 a.m. wake-up call for a flight to Houston, a bus trip to College Station, Texas, then lunch at an IHOP before practice for the next night's game at No. 25 Texas A&M. The rugged travel schedule was actually the highlight after the Aggies romped 86-51 to send the Seahawks to their fourth straight defeat — six fewer than Hurley lost over his last seven seasons at St. Benedict's.