Former point guard lands new coaching job

Dan Earl Chattanooga

Former Penn State point guard and assistant coach Dan Earl ’97, ’07 MBA Bus landed another head coaching job this week, as the Chattanooga Mocs announced him as their new leader.

Earl, 47, played five injury-plagued seasons for the Nittany Lions, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors as Penn State went to the NCAA Tournament in 1996. He ranks third in program history in career assists (574).

He was an assistant coach on Ed DeChellis’ staff at Penn State from 2006-11, then spent four seasons on DeChellis’ staff at Navy before getting his first head coaching position for Virginia Military Institute, where he went 73-138 in seven seasons but was Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2021.

Earl takes over a Chattanooga program that went 27-8 and went to the NCAA Tournament this season under Lamont Paris, who left to take the head coaching job at South Carolina earlier this month.