Sept. 4, 2007
Boston College head men's basketball coach Al Skinner has received a contract extension that will keep him in his current position through the 2012-13 season, according to an announcement made by Boston College director of athletics Gene DeFilippo.
"Al Skinner has led our basketball program to a level of consistent excellence," DeFilippo said. "He has established himself as one of the top coaches in all of college basketball. Our program is in very good hands, and we are pleased to have him continue as our head coach."
Skinner has a 196-120 record in his 10 seasons as the Eagles' head coach. Since the start of the 2000-01 season, Boston College has won 164 games, the highest seven-year win total in program history. The Eagles have earned six NCAA Tournament berths in this stretch.
Skinner came to Boston College in April 1997 after serving nine years as the head coach at the University of Rhode Island.
A 1974 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Skinner earned Big East Coach of the Year honors in both 2001 and 2005. In 2000-01, Boston College won 27 games. In 2004-05, BC established a Big East record by beginning the season with 20 consecutive victories. In 2005-06, the Eagles won a school-record 28 games in their inaugural ACC season.
Skinner has been inducted into both the University of Massachusetts Athletic Hall of Fame and the University of Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame. Skinner starred on the UMass basketball team from 1971-74, capturing All-Yankee Conference honors three times and serving as team captain as a senior. He left the University of Rhode Island as the school's third winningest coach.