Dan Earl will enter his third year as an associate head coach of the Navy basketball program in 2013-14, assisting head coach Ed DeChellis in all aspects of the program. His duties include serving as the recruiting coordinator, scheduling of opponents, scouting game-day opponents, game preparation and working with player development.
A dynamic recruiter, Earl has helped reel in several talented student-athletes to the Naval Academy as this year's team will be one of the youngest in the country. The six-member freshmen class of 2012-13 scored over 40.0 percent of Navy's points during the season, the highest percentage of points scored by a freshman class in school history. With the addition of the Naval Academy Prep School class, Navy has recruited over 20 student-athletes in two full recruiting cycles.
A star on the hardwood at Penn State in the mid-90s, Earl spent the previous six years from 2006-11 on the coaching staff at Penn State as an assistant coach.
Earl helped guide the Nittany Lions to a spot in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, a 2009 NIT Championship that featured wins over national powers Florida, Notre Dame and Baylor and a berth in the 2007 NIT. Penn State reached the 2011 NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 seasons while the 2009 team won a school-record 27 games.
Earl played a vital role in Penn State's success as an outstanding recruiter that drew talent to Happy Valley, serving as the lead recruiter on all-Big 10 guard Tim Frazier, while aiding in the development of all-Big 10 performer Talor Battle, who ended his career at Penn State becoming the first player in Big 10 history to score 2,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and dish out 500 assists.
Prior to his coaching stint at Penn State, Earl was the co-owner of the Next Level Basketball Camp, conducting camps and clinics in New Jersey.
Earl began his Penn State career in 1993-94, starting at point guard under head coach Bruce Parkhill and then-assistant Ed DeChellis. The native of Medford Lakes, N.J., left Penn State six seasons later, following several injuries, with 1,256 career points (15th all time at the time), 574 assists (second all time), 194 career three-pointers (seventh all time), and 491 three-point attempts (seventh all time). He posted two of Penn State's top 10 single-season assist totals, was a three-time team captain, ran the point for the fifth-seeded Nittany Lions in the 1996 NCAA Tournament and twice earned All-Big Ten recognition.
Plagued by injuries, Earl was the heart-and-soul of the Penn State squads in the mid-90s. During his time in Happy Valley, Earl helped the Nittany Lions to argubly its best five-year stretch in school history, compiling an overall record of 73-46 that included a home record of 48-13. As a three-time captain, Earl helped lead Penn State to the 1995 National Invitation Tournament with a 21-11 record and the 1996 NCAA Tournament and a top 10 national ranking with a 21-7 record.
Earl went on to play professionally in Germany, Poland and Portugal, played in both the Continental Basketball Association and the NBA's Developmental League and was a member of the New Jersey Nets' training camp roster in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Earl received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Penn State in December of 1997 and played his final season as a graduate student. He earned his master's degree in business logistics at Penn State in 2007. Earl also is a former member of the Fiscal Integrity Team for the NCAA Certification Committee and the Student-Athlete Advisory Board.
Dan comes from a basketball family. His father, Denny, was a starting forward for Rutgers University in the mid-60s where he played under head coach Bill Foster and alongside the late Jim Valvano. His brother, Brian, was a standout guard at Princeton from 1996-99, winning more games (95) than any Princeton player in school history. As an assistant now with the Tigers, Brian helped guide Princeton to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Dan and his wife, Sheila, were married in the summer of 2008 and are the parents of a girl, Mila, born August 17, 2012.