Staff
Head Coach
Dan Earl

Now in his fourth season, Dan Earl continues to guide VMI basketball with a steady hand. Having spent the first three years transitioning Keydet basketball to a new style of play, Earl enters 2018-19 with a roster full of youth, energy and an appetite to advance VMI basketball in the coming seasons.

Earl was named head VMI basketball coach on April 12, 2015. Earl came to VMI from the United States Naval Academy where he was Associate Head Coach since the 2011-12 season. His duties included serving as recruiting director, scheduling, scouting of opponents, game preparation and player development.

While at Navy, Earl used his experience as a dynamic recruiter to draw several talented student-athletes to Annapolis that were instrumental in the Midshipmen doubling conference wins in each of the first four seasons under head coach Ed DeChellis. Navy posted eight Patriot League wins in 2014-15 and defeated rival Army three times which included a conference tournament victory over the Cadets.

Earl directed the Navy offensive sets and played a vital role in increasing scoring output of key offensive players. On the defensive side, Navy ranked 57th in the country in scoring defense in 2013-14 and had the second lowest turnover total in school history.

Earl became the 28th head coach in VMI program history that dates back to 1908-09.

Earl starred on the basketball court at Penn State where he helped the Nittany Lions to one of the most prolific winning periods in the mid-90’s before spending six years from 2006-11 on the staff at Penn State as an assistant coach.

While coaching at his alma mater, Earl helped the Nittany Lions to a NCAA Tournament berth in 2011 –the program’s first in 10 years - and the 2009 NIT Championship squad that posted wins over national powers Florida, Notre Dame, and Baylor. The 2009 Penn State team won a school record 27 games and the program also attained an NIT berth in 2007.

As an assistant coach at Penn State, Earl played a key role in recruiting outstanding talent that fueled the program’s success as he served as lead recruiter on all-Big 10 guard Tim Frazier. Earl also helped develop All-Big 10 selection Talor Battle who became the first player in Big 10 history to eclipse 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 500 assists.

As a starting point guard under head coach Bruce Parkhill and then assistant coach Ed DeChellis, Earl battled injuries throughout his career but finished six years later with 1,256 points (15th all-time at the time), 574 assists (no. 2 all time), 194 career three-pointers (7th all-time) and 491 3-point attempts (7th all-time). He totaled two of the top season school marks in assists.

During his college playing career, Earl helped Penn State to perhaps the best five-year stretch in school history as the Nittany Lions posted a record of 73-46 that including a 48-13 home mark. He served as team captain three times and helped Penn State to the 1995 NIT and a 1996 NCAA Tournament appearance from a squad that went 21-7 and earned a top 10 national ranking. Earl earned All-Big Ten honors twice and was a two-time Academic All-American.

Earl received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Penn State in December, 1997 and earned a master’s degree in business logistics at Penn State in 2007.

Following graduation, Earl played professionally in Germany, Poland, Portugal, and also played stateside in the Continental Basketball Association and NBA’s Development League with the Roanoke (Va.) Dazzle in 2001-02. Earl participated in two New Jersey Nets NBA pre-seasons in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Earl also co-owned and operated Next Level Basketball Camps from 2001-05 which conducted camps and clinics in New Jersey.

The Earl family has deep roots in basketball as father Denny was a starting forward for Rutgers in the mid 60’s where he played under head coach Bill Foster and alongside the late Jim Valvano. Dan’s younger brother, Brian, started for Princeton from 1996-99 and helped the Tigers to 95 wins – the most of any player in school history. Brian currently serves as an assistant coach at Princeton.

Dan and his wife, Sheila, were married in the summer of 2008 and have two daughters, Mila and Alyssa.

Assistant Coach
Steve Enright

Steve Enright began his duties as an assistant coach for VMI basketball in June of 2018. He came to VMI from nearby Bridgewater (Va.) College where he served three years on the Eagles coaching staff and was promoted to associate head coach before the 2016-17 season.

Enright previously served on head coach Dan Hurley’s staff at Rhode Island where he was the Rams’ assistant director of basketball operations.

Enright also coached previously at Pfeiffer University, Mount Ida College, and Endicott College.

A native of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, Enright has been active in coaching and conducting camps and event operations. He previously served as the director of event operations for Zero Gravity/Hoop Mountain Basketball, where he supervised numerous tournaments, showcases and camps around the country.

Enright is a 2012 graduate of Mount Ida College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management with a concentration in coaching.

“I am very excited to welcome Steve Enright to our VMI Basketball Staff, said head coach Dan Earl. “Steve has a variety of experience working his way up the college basketball ranks with a basketball operations role at Rhode Island, as well as various assistant coaching stops. His most recent assistant coaching position, at Bridgewater College, has enabled him to make very strong recruiting contacts in Virginia and the surrounding states – a very important area for us here at VMI. He is known to be a tireless worker, a very thorough recruiter, and has great relationships with his players. He also has very good knowledge of the game of basketball. I am happy to have Steve join us and I am looking forward to him adding value to our VMI Basketball program.”

Assistant Coach
Austin Kenon

Austin Kenon, one of the top shooting guards in VMI basketball history, rejoined the VMI basketball program as an assistant coach in May of 2017. Kenon was a standout 3-point threat over his four-year VMI career and ranks first on the school list in all-time treys with 349 made between 2007-11 which ranked third in the Big South Conference.

He culminated his Institute playing career with a stellar senior campaign in 2010-11 and was named first team All-Big South after leading the league in 3-pointers made (93) and 3-point percentage (.419). He placed second overall in the Big South in scoring in 2010-11 with an 18.4 points per game average and was led all scorers in conference games that season. He also served as the team captain.

Kenon is perhaps best remembered for his performance on Senior Night on February 15, 2011 when he drained eight 3-pointers on his way to scoring a career-high 39 points and grabbing eight rebounds in VMI's 79-69 win over Liberty at Cameron hall.

Kenon finished his VMI career ranked fifth in scoring all-time with 1,767 points.

After graduating from the Institute with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May, 2011, Kenon, a Virginia Beach native, played a season professionally overseas competing in the LPB – Portugese Premier Basketball League in Funchal, Maderia.

Kenon most recently served as a Virginia Beach Corrections Officer/Deputy Sheriff since 2015 and also worked in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Kenon coached basketball as an assistant on the Division III level from 2014-16 handling a wide array of duties including player development and recruiting.

“I am thrilled to welcome back Austin Kenon to VMI,” said Earl. “As I was searching for the best candidate to round out our staff, many things continued to bring me back to Austin. He was a tremendous player, who was known for his work ethic and leadership skills. More than anything, I know that he is a person of high integrity and character. With his experience as a Cadet and basketball player, he has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be a successful at VMI. Austin will be very valuable asset to our program, particularly in recruiting and in developing relationships with our players. I look forward to working with Austin and having him back at VMI.”

Director of Basketball Operations
Tom Kiely

Tom Kiely enters his first season as basketball Director of Operations for the Institute.

He comes to VMI from Seton Hall University where he served as a student manager for the men’s basketball team for four years. Among his many responsibilities were to order and execute team meals, create and develop recruiting mail, film practice and games for breakdown and plan practice logistics. Tom was a member of the men's basketball staff for the 2016 Big East Tournament championship team.

Over this period the Averill Park, New York, native traveled with the team helping to coordinate meals and practice in addition to using Synergy SportsTech to chart statistics and other metrics. He also oversaw a group of 15 student managers to assist in practice and individual workouts.

From May 2016 to August 2018 Kiely served as a recruiting coordinator for Hoop Group in Reading, Pennsylvania, working closely with directors to find, evaluate and recruit top talent to the Elite Camp. He worked directly with the vice president on tasks such as running the camp draft, the All-Star meeting, and recruiting and registering campers for various sessions.

Other work experience includes serving as a camp counselor at Kevin Willard Basketball Camps from July 2015-18 and for Duke University Basketball Camps in July of 2015.

Kiely graduated from Seton Hall in May of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree with dual concentrations in marketing and management.