Friars and the Dukes tip-off at 1:00 p.m on Sunday, Dec. 21 at Alumni Hall.
Friars take on the Dukes at 7 p.m. on December 5 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl fills final two positions on her staff.
Hernandez joins Dan Durkin and Kristeena Alexander on first-year Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl's staff.
Prior to his arrival at Providence College, Durkin spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Temple University (2008-12). While at Temple, Durkin and the Owls enjoyed four, 20+ win seasons, three NCAA Tournament appearances (2008-11) and a trip to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Round of 16 in 2012.
Durkin also spent 14 years (1993-2007) as the head coach at Duquesne University, helping the Dukes to University marks for most wins in a season, most conference wins and the school's highest seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Recipient of A-10 Coach of the Year honors in 1998, Durkin produced two WNBA draft picks in Korie Hlede and Candice Futrell. Hlede was Duquesne's first-ever All-American, garnering four Kodak District II honors and one Kodak National All-America Honorable Mention Award. She spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Shock after finishing her professional playing career. Duquesne also excelled in the classroom during Durkin's tenure, posting the highest Division I team GPA in 1998 and 1999, as announced by the WBCA. Individually, six Dukes were named to either the CoSIDA National or District 2 Academic team a total of 12 times, while they were lauded as A-10 Academic All-Conference selections a total of 11 times.
Durkin's connection to Robinson Fruchtl dates back to his time as an assistant coach at Penn State (1986-94). During this time, Penn State assembled a 181-64 record, made seven NCAA post-season tournament appearances and twice advanced to the Sweet 16. They were consistently ranked among the top-20 nationally and within the top-10 on numerous occasions throughout his appointment. Durkin served as Robinson Fruchtl's position coach when she played for the Nittany Lions from 1988-92, and aided in her development as one of the elite front court players in the country. In 1992, she was named a consensus All-American and Wade Trophy winner. Durkin served as Penn State's recruiting coordinator during the last six years of his tenure.
Durkin began coaching at the collegiate level in 1985 as assistant women's basketball coach at New Mexico State.
From 1980-84, Durkin lived in Northern Ireland where he headed Team Corona in Belfast. Corona was a Division I men's professional team in the Irish National League. Durkin's squads posted a 105-33 record and claimed three national titles under his tutelage. He also headed the girl's U-17 National Team during the 1983-84 slate.
A 1975 graduate of Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md., Durkin earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. Upon his graduation, he worked at Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, Pa., and assisted with the boys' freshman and varsity basketball teams.
He and his wife, the former Bernadette McCann, a native of Northern Ireland, were married in Belfast in 1985 and have two daughters, Diane and Keara.
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