D.J. Black is entering his third year as an assistant coach of the Navy basketball program in 2013-14.
Black is instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the Navy basketball program and has expanded his role on the staff.
Last year, the Midshipmen improved by five wins from the previous season, ranking as the ninth-best single-season improvement in school history. Black played a vital role in opponent scouting and game-planning and was instrumental in the development of Navy's youngsters as the freshman class set the school record for percentage of points scored by a freshman class in a season.
Tilman Dunbar was named to the Patriot League all-Rookie Team and Navy showed glimpshes of its potential with a lineup that featured no seniors on the roster. Navy would start two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior for a majority of the season and the Navy defense ranked 42nd nationally and second in the Patriot League in scoring defense, recording the third-lowest defensive scoring average in school history.
Black came to Navy after spending the last four seasons (2008-11) at Penn State as the video coordinator and, most recently as the director of basketball operations.
He helped lead the Nittany Lions to a spot in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and the 2009 NIT Championship.
After earning a degree in health and physical education from Penn State in 2006, Black stayed on staff as the assistant video coordinator where he created scouting tapes and assisted in film exchange. Black also spoke at local schools with former Director of Basketball Operations Eldon Price.
Black began his collegiate playing career at Penn State-Altoona where he led the team to the school's first ever AMCC playoff. He finished his career as a walk-on, practice team player at Penn State as he helped the Nittany Lions reach the 2006 NIT.
Black moved to East Stroudsburg University as an assistant coach under Jeff Wilson in 2007 where he helped coach two all-conference post players in Chris Bach and Channon Easley. The Warriors made their third straight playoff appearance and had a record of 18-10 while riding a 13-game win streak, the second longest in school history. Black's responsiblities included on-court coaching, recruiting, player development, scouting and film exchange.
Black has also been involved as a coach or director in various basketball camps at Penn State, East Stroudsburg, Duke, Wake Forest, Saint Francis, Blair Academy and numerous Hoop Group Elite camps.
Black is currently working on completing a masters degree in exercise science from East Stroudsburg University.
Black and his wife, Kendra, were married on June 1, 2013, and reside in Annapolis.