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Clemson Assistant & New England Recruiter Anthony Goins is Joining Earl Grant’s Coaching Staff at Boston College

Grant’s first hire signals a New England focus

NCAA Basketball: Clemson at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

It was reported today that Anthony Goins, an assistant coach for the Clemson Tigers, will be the first coaching hire at Boston College in the Earl Grant era.

Eagles fans with concerns about head coach Earl Grant’s limited experience in Northeast recruiting should be relieved, as Goins was an assistant at Quinnipiac for two years and at Yale for four years where he was one of their top recruiters and developed their guards. Before that, Goins had made stops at Dartmouth and Salisbury Prep School in Connecticut.

His experience in the Northeast will be vital to the success of the new coaching regime, as Earl Grant’s roots and recruiting experience lie almost completely in the Southeast. Goins’s 2 years at Clemson are also promising, as coaches with ACC experience are always important to obtain because BC is a lesser program in a conference with a lot of big competition.

It still remains to be seen if Grant’s hires will continue to focus on the Northeast or if he will expand BC’s geographic footprint. The previous staff had some success elsewhere in the country, like North Carolina specifically, but recruiting New England is always going to be of huge importance for Boston College. Competing with schools like UConn and Providence for the area’s top recruits is a much more sustainable model for success than competing with top ACC programs and others further away geographically. Of course you’ll always have big programs invading your own territory as well, but minimizing those losses could be a great strategy for a smaller New England program like BC.