Scott Spinelli is in his first season as an assistant coach at Boston College.
Spinelli came from Maryland where he served as assistant coach for the previous three seasons under Mark Turgeon. He has been an associate head coach at three different schools since the 2005-06 season.
A native of Leominster, Mass., Spinelli is considered one of the top assistant coaches and recruiters in the country. Over the last seven years, he guided Maryland and Texas A&M to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two NITs. The Aggies posted the best four-year win total in school history while Spinelli was there.
Maryland's last three recruiting classes each ranked in the top 25 nationally, including a top-10 class in 2014. The 2012-13 Terrapins went 25-13 and reached the semifinals of the NIT. Maryland had three wins over ranked teams and was the only team in the nation to beat Duke twice that year.
Spinelli has had great success recruiting and developing players that have gone on to play in the NBA. Six of Spinelli's former players are currently playing in the NBA: Gal Mekel (Dallas Mavericks), Donald Sloan (Indiana Pacers), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) and Alex Len (Phoenix Suns). In addition, Spinelli coached and recruited a pair of outstanding players while at Nebraska: Aleks Maric, an All-Big 12 selection at center, and Ryan Anderson, a 1,000-point career scorer with the Cornhuskers.
Spinelli helped Maryland haul in consecutive top-25 recruiting classes, leading the recruitment of Damonte Dodd in the class of 2013, as well as Seth Allen, Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz . In addition, Spinelli helped recruit transfer guard Logan Aronhalt, who connected on 63-of-145 three-point attempts (.434 pct.) and was named to the 2013 All-ACC Academic team in his one season (2012-13) with Maryland.
Texas A&M had tremendous success while Spinelli was there from 2007-11. The Aggies went to the NCAA Tournament each season and had at least 24 wins during all four campaigns. Spinelli first joined Turgeon as an associate head coach at Wichita State in 2006-07 when the Shockers went 17-14.
Spinelli spent three seasons at Nebraska under Barry Collier before going to Wichita State. He recruited two nationally ranked recruiting classes and the Cornhuskers went to the postseason twice.
Spinelli also spent time as an assistant coach at Loyola-Chicago (2001-03) and Wyoming (1996-97). His first stint as an associate head coach came at American (1997-99). He also worked as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers (2000-01) and as an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Stuff (1999-2000) of the International Basketball League.
Spinelli first joined the coaching ranks in 1990 as the head coach of the Milford Academy in New York, leading the team to a pair of championships. He also started the basketball program at The Winchendon School in Massachusetts where he produced numerous Division I players.
Spinelli earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University in 1989. He walked onto the Terriers basketball team and later received a scholarship from head coach Mike Jarvis. BU advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1988.
Spinelli and his wife, Lynn, have three children, Gianna, Gabriel and Joseph.
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