Dan Earl

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Dan Earl
VMI Keydets
Position Head coach
League Southern Conference
Personal information
Born (1974-10-12) October 12, 1974 (age 43)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Shawnee (Medford, New Jersey)
College Penn State (1993–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Undrafted
Playing career 1999–2002
Position Point guard
Coaching career 2006–present
Career history
As player:
2001–2002 Roanoke Dazzle
As coach:
2006–2011 Penn State (assistant)
2011–2015 Navy (associate HC)
2015–present VMI
Career highlights and awards

Dan Earl (born October 12, 1974) is an American college basketball coach, hired as the head coach of the Virginia Military Institute on April 12, 2015. He is from Medford Lakes, New Jersey and attended Shawnee High School in Medford, graduating in 1993.[1] He was a 1993 Parade All-American and was named 1993 USA Today New Jersey Player of the Year in high school. He was named 2nd team All-Big Ten as a junior for the 1995–96 Penn State Nittany Lions before losing two seasons to injury. He completed his eligibility for the team in 1999 and led Penn State basketball in assists four seasons. He is the older brother of Cornell head coach Brian Earl.

Playing career[edit]

High school[edit]

During his high school basketball career he was named a Parade All-American.[2] The Shawnee basketball team had a combined 59–3 record during Earl's junior and senior years.[1] In 1991–92, his junior year, Shawnee was the New Jersey Group IV state champion, ranked #1 in New Jersey and #9 in the entire United States.[3] In 1992–93 they were the South Jersey champion and was ranked #7 nationally.[3] Earl was named the USA Today New Jersey Player of the Year in 1993[1] and his 2,006 career points total ranked him as first in scoring passing Darrin severs 1,996 points of Medford vo-tech Burlington County's all-time leading scorer at the time of his graduation.[1]


Earl accepted a scholarship to Penn State University where he was the starting point guard on the basketball team all four years. He is one of Penn State's all-time leaders in scoring and assists,[citation needed] and he was named to the All-Big Ten Conference second team by the media and third team by the coaches in 1996.[4] He had an injury plagued college career that saw him redshirt twice and spend six years in the program.[5] Earl led Penn State in assists four times.[6] The 1995–96 Nittany Lions team started the season with a 19–2 record and was ranked #9 in the country at one point during the season.


Dan Earl played professionally in Germany, Poland, and Portugal.[7] He also spent time in the Continental Basketball Association as well as the NBA Development League.[7] He got close to making a National Basketball Association team, where in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons he spent time with the New Jersey Nets during their training camps.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2006, Earl joined his alma mater as an assistant coach.[7] He spent six seasons with the team until 2011, at which time he became the associate head coach at the United States Naval Academy.[7]


In June 2005, Earl accepted a position as third assistant basketball coach with Penn State University. His brother Brian Earl is also an accomplished basketball player and is currently head coach at Cornell.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
VMI (Southern Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 VMI 9–21 4–14 T–8th
2016–17 VMI 6–24 3–15 10th
2017–18 VMI 9–21 4–14 9th
VMI: 24–66 (.267) 11–43 (.204)
Total: 24–66 (.267)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b c d Kackenmeister, Craig. "Six degrees of Dan Earl: Six years and several injuries later, Earl is still at the point" Archived 2006-09-01 at the Wayback Machine., The Daily Collegian (Penn State), January 28, 1999. Accessed June 14, 2007. "Something that caught Parkhill's eye while he pursued the young guard out of Medford Lakes, N.J., were Earl's personal qualities.... Earl graduated from Shawnee High School, where he helped lead the team to a 59–3 record his junior and senior years. He also was named USA Today 1993 New Jersey Player of the Year, and is still Burlington County's all-time leading scorer passing previous mark of (1,996) points set by Darrin severs of Medford vo-tech (2,006 points)."
  2. ^ Dan Earl ZoomInfo Business People Information, accessed September 12, 2006.
  3. ^ a b Shawnee Renegades Basketball Awards and Career Rankings. Accessed September 12, 2006.
  4. ^ "2015-16 Penn State Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). CSTV.com. p. 85. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Six degrees of Dan Earl". Daily Collegian. 1999-01-28. Retrieved 2016-09-31.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "2015-16 Penn State Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). CSTV.com. p. 82. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Dan Earl bio. Navy Sports. United States Naval Academy. Accessed August 27, 2013.

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