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 Al Skinner
Al Skinner
Last College:
Massachusetts '74

Head Coach


Men's Basketball vs. Vermont

Boston College vs. Vermont - November 13, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)

As A Coach

  • • The winningest coach in Boston College history, Al Skinner is in his 22nd season as a head coach; spent nine years at Rhode Island (1988-97), before coming to Boston College
  • Assumed the head coaching duties at Boston College on April 17, 1997
  • Has guided BC to postseason tournament berths in seven of the last eight years - six NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT bid
  • Led the 2005-06 Eagles to the highest win total (28) in school history; the team, seeded fourth in the NCAA Tournament's Minneapolis Regional, advanced to the "Sweet 16"
  • Gained 2004-05 Big East Coach of the Year honors after leading the Eagles to a share of the league's regular-season title; earned Eastern Basketball Coach of the Year accolades
  • Led the 2004-05 Eagles to a school-record 20-0 start, also setting the Big East mark for "best start" and establishing the school standard for consecutive victories
  • Earned 2000-01 National Coach of the Year honors from Chevrolet/CBS, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, Eastern Basketball and the United States Basketball Writers Association; also gained Big East Coach of the Year and NABC District I Coach of the Year honors in 2000-01
  • Has guided Boston College to 117 wins in the last five years, 137 wins in the past six years, and 164 victories in the past seven years - all the highest win totals in program history in each time period
  • Led Boston College to three Big East regular-season crowns and one Big East Tournament title; has led BC to postseason tournament berths in each of the last seven seasons
  • Led the 2000-01 Eagles to a 27-win season and a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest seed in school history; that team also captured the Big East regular-season and tournament titles
  • Served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China
  • In nine seasons at Rhode Island, Skinner led the Rams to three 20-win seasons and four postseason appearances
  • Honored as the Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year in 1991-92
  • Served as assistant coach at Marist from 1982-84 and at Rhode Island from 1984-88

    As A Player

  • One of the most decorated players in University of Massachusetts basketball history
  • Had his uniform #30 retired by the University of Massachusetts on Feb. 18, 2004
  • Served as team captain in 1973-74
  • Recorded 1,235 points, 749 rebounds and 320 assists in 79 games; ranked fifth on the school's career scoring list, third in career assists, first in career field-goal percentage (.557) and ninth in career rebounding average ( 9.5) at the time of his graduation
  • Currently ranks 16th on the school's career scoring list, fifth in career field-goal percentage, 10th in career rebounding average and 10th in career assists
  • Was drafted by the American Basketball Association's New York Nets in the eighth round of the 1974 draft
  • Named to the ABA All-Rookie Team in 1974-75 as a member of the New York Nets
  • Helped lead the Nets to the 1976 ABA Championship
  • Played for the New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers from 1977-1980
  • Led his team Joventut (Barcelona, Spain) to the European Championship in 1980-81


  • Malverne High School; Malverene, N.Y., 1970
  • University of Massachusetts, 1974; B.S.


  • Born June 16, 1952
  • Al and his wife, Donna, have two children, Vaniecia (16) and Andre (15)


    Born: June 16, 1952

    High School Education: Malverne High School; Malverne, N.Y.

    College Education: University of Massachusetts, 1974; B.S.

    Collegiate Playing Career: Three-time letterman for the Minutemen

    Collegiate Honors: Only player in UMass history to be a three-time All-Yankee Conference selection; All-America honorable mention selection, 1973-74; Team Captain, 1973-74

    Professional Playing Career: New York Nets (ABA), 1974-76; New York Nets (NBA), 1976-77; New Jersey Nets/Detroit Pistons, 1977-78; New Jersey Nets/Philadelphia 76ers, 1978-79; Philadelphia 76ers, 1979-80; Joventut (Barcelona, Spain), 1980-81

    Coaching Career: Assistant Coach, Marist, 1982-84; Assistant Coach, University of Rhode Island, 1984-88; Head Coach, University of Rhode Island, 1988-97; Head Coach, Boston College, 1997-present

    Coaching Honors: 2004-05: Eastern Basketball Coach of the Year, Big East Coach of the Year; 2000-01: Chevrolet/CBS Coach of the Year, ESPN Coach of the Year, Sports Illustrated Coach of the Year, The Sporting News Coach of the Year, Eastern Basketball Coach of the Year, USBWA Coach of the Year, BIG EAST Coach of the Year, NABC District 1 Coach of the Year; 1991-92: Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year

    Special Distinctions: Inducted into UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982; Inducted into University of Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000; Had his Uniform #30 Retired by the University of Massachusetts on Feb. 18, 2004.



    Rhode Island Totals:138-126 (.523 in nine years)


    Boston College Totals: 210-137 (.605 in 11 years)
    Career Totals: 348-263 (.570 in 20 years)
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