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University of Miami Athletics

DJ Irving

position

Assistant Coach

Phone

305-284-2680

DJ Irving - Men's Basketball - University of Miami Athletics

University of Miami head men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga named DJ Irving an assistant coach in April 2021. A former two-year captain at Boston University, Irving came to Coral Gables, Fla., from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia.

In October 2018, Irving joined the coaching staff of the storied prep program that has produced numerous NBA players, including Rasual Butler and Brad Wanamaker. For three seasons, Irving was the assistant varsity coach and head freshman coach.

Irving’s duties at Roman Catholic included scouting varsity opponents and player development. He aided the Cahillites to the Philadelphia Catholic League championship game each year, including winning the crown in 2019.

In addition, Irving worked with Team Final—the AAU program former Miami standouts Ja’Quan Newton, Davon Reed and Lonnie Walker IV played for—over the past year before coming to The U. Most recently, in the spring of 2021, he served as the assistant coach of the U15 team.

Prior to his time at Roman Catholic, Irving spent the 2017-18 season as a professional player in Cadiz, Spain, with Union Linense Baloncesto. He led the team in scoring, assists and steals while serving as the captain of a mostly Spanish-speaking roster, helping his team place second in the division.

The previous year, Irving served as the special assistant to the head coach at his alma mater. Irving held that role during the 2016-17 campaign for BU head coach Joe Jones, aiding the Terriers to an 18-14 mark and a second-place finish in the Patriot League.

Irving got his start in the collegiate ranks immediately following the conclusion of his collegiate career. He served as a graduate assistant at Penn State during the 2014-15 season, helping the Nittany Lions to an 18-16 record, good for their most wins in four years.

Irving excelled as a collegian at BU, where he started 120 games in his four-year career. The two-time All-America East honoree and one-time All-Patriot League designee averaged 11.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game as a Terrier. He finished his tenure with 1,456 total points, one of his numerous top-10 marks in the school’s all-time record books.

BU compiled a 78-54 record during Irving’s career, including logging a stellar 50-16 mark in conference action and winning the 2014 Patriot League regular season title. Three times, Irving helped the Terriers reach the postseason, headlined by a berth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

A native of Chester, Pa., Irving was a two-time PIAA First Team All-State selection at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, Pa. He graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a degree in sociology.