Chattanooga expected to hire VMI’s Dan Earl as next head coach, ESPN reports

The Mocs reached the NCAA Tournament this season for the first time since 2016

ROANOKE, Va. – VMI head coach Dan Earl is expected to be named to the same position at Southern Conference rival Chattanooga, according to ESPN.

Earl would replace Lamont Paris who became the new head coach at South Carolina earlier this month.

Dan Earl has spent the past seven seasons in Lexington having earned the 2021 SoCon Coach of the Year honors by the league coaches and media.

During that season, VMI posted wins over top-four finishers in the conference for the first time since the 2008-2009 season. The Keydets ranked second in the nation in three-pointers made per game while earning their first winning season in seven years.

This past season, VMI had an overall record of 16-16, going 9-9 in conference play. That proved to be the most overall wins since the 2013-14 season and most SoCon wins since that same season.

The Mocs are coming off a season where they claimed both the SoCon regular season and tournament titles, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

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