On Monday, both Boston College and the University of Maryland announced BC's hire of Scott Spinelli as assistant coach of the men's basketball team. Since he completed his contract on Saturday, today's announcement was mere formality.
"We are excited to have Scott join our basketball staff here at Boston College," Christian said. "He is an outstanding young coach, a proven recruiter and he has developed strong relationships in the New England area. Scott has had success everywhere he's coached and he has a few important qualities I was looking for: the ability to recruit and coach at a high level, and to develop the student-athletes in our program."
"Scott and I have known each other for a long time and have worked together for the last eight years," Turgeon said. "He is an outstanding coach and recruiter and has been a great member of my staff while at Wichita State, Texas A&M and Maryland. This is a great personal and professional opportunity for Scott and it's a chance for his family to move back to the New England region. Scott's been a great friend and I wish him, his wife Lynn, and his family the very best."
Spinelli joins Jim Christian's staff after serving as Mark Turgeon's right-hand man for the last eight seasons. Spinelli adds some major conference experience to Christian's staff; something that the Eagles coaching staff was sorely lacking following Joe Jones departure for Boston University. Spinelli has served as an assistant head coach at Nebraska (2003-06), Texas A&M (2007-11) and Maryland (2011-14). He's credited with recruiting three of Maryland's top four scorers from last season.
The Leominster, Mass. native and Boston University grad was a finalist for both the Buffalo and Florida International head coaching jobs last season.
Interestingly, Boston College is set to give Spinelli a sizable raise; making him one of the ACC's highest-paid assistant coaches.
Spinelli's deal, the specific terms of which were not disclosed, will make him one of the highest-paid assistants in ACC, a source said. During the 2012-13 season, the last season contracts were made available via an open records request, Spinelli made $202,000 with the Terps. According to the source, Boston College offered Spinelli a significant raise.
Welcome to the Heights, Scott.