VMI Keydets Men’s Basketball News: Dan Earl leaves for Chattanooga

Dan Earl, who guided the VMI men’s basketball program the past seven seasons, has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Earl posted a 73-138 overall mark during his tenure on post which included a 29-28 mark the past two seasons. VMI went 16-16 overall and 9-9 in the SoCon in 2021-22 – the highest overall and conference win total in a year since the 2013-14 campaign. The Keydets also participated in the College Basketball Invitational in March – their first postseason tournament appearance since 2014.  

Earl was named the 2020-21 SoCon Coach of the Year by both the league coaches and media and was the first VMI basketball coach to receive SoCon Coach of the Year since Bart Bellairs in 1994-95. His 73 wins at the Institute stand as the fifth most in program history. 

“We thank Dan for his contributions to VMI and the impact he’s had on our basketball program and wish him the best in his future coaching endeavors,” said VMI interim athletics director Jim Miller. “We will begin an immediate search for a successor who will continue the strides VMI basketball has made in recent years.”


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