Dan Larkin begins his second season at the helm of the Johnson & Wales Men's Basketball program. His first season in 2018-19 saw unprecedented success, as the team set new school records for total wins (21), winning percentage (.656), and consecutive wins (14). The team also advanced to the USCAA Men's Basketball Division II National Championship game, another first for the program. Under his direction, Robert Hobson earned both USCAA All-American and NCCSIA All-State honors, and Loris Lawson was named to the USCAA All-Academic Team.
Larkin came to JWU after spending the five seasons as an assistant coach at Queens under Bart Lundy. The Royals enjoyed tremendous success during that period, winning 25 or more games three times. They were ranked #1 in the NCAA D-II poll and advanced to the Division II Final Four in 2018. Larkin was a key part of that success, as he was responsible for recruiting oversight, and video, equipment, and student staff management.
Prior to his tenure at Queens, Larkin was a student manager at UNC-Wilmington under Buzz Peterson, who is now Assistant General Manager of the NBA's Hornets. Larkin's responsibilities at UNC-W included video exchange, player development, scouting, and managing the student staff. While at UNC-W, he had the opportunity to learn from several current and former NCAA D-I coaches including Eddie Bidenbach, Houston Fancher, and Matt McMahon.
Larkin graduated from UNC-W with a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management. He is currently working towards a master's degree at Queens' Knight School of Communication.
In addition to his duties as Head Men's Basketball Coach, Larkin will also oversee the campus's intramural and recreational programming.