After not getting the Florida International head coaching job last year, Maryland assistant coach Scott Spinelli remains a hot commodity on the coaching market.
Coach Mark Turgeon confirmed that Spinelli is engaged in “serious talks” to become an assistant coach at Boston College. An agreement has not been reached at the current time.
The Eagles have yet to introduce former Ohio University coach Jim Christian, but are expected to do so at a news conference on Tuesday. Any further announcements regarding the coaching staff likely won’t take place until Christian is officially introduced. Christian is replacing former Boston College coach Steve Donahue, who spent four years on Chestnut Hill.
Why would Spinelli make a lateral move for the same position at another school?
The current Terrapins assistant played his college basketball and graduated from Boston University. He walked on to the Terriers squad and led the team to an NCAA tournament appearance in 1988.
Spinelli has earned a reputation as a phenomenal recruiter and has served on Turgeon’s staff since his Wichita State days. The Massachusetts native is responsible for bringing the likes of Seth Allen, Jake Layman, and Damonte Dodd. He also had success scouring the transfer wire as he helped bring Evan Smotrycz and Logan Aronhalt to College Park.
If Spinelli does leave Maryland, where does Turgeon and company turn to fill the role? Here’s a few names that could be considered:
- Kenny Johnson - Johnson is a 1999 Maryland graduate and is an Oxon Hill, Md. native. He served as the associate head coach at Paul VI High School in Fairfax for four years before being named as an assistant coach at Towson University. In 2012, Johnson joined the Indiana coaching staff, where he currently serves as an assistant coach. He also spent six years as the vice president/director of basketball operations of Team Takeover and even coached the 16U squads.
- Rob Ehsan - Ehsan spent six years under future Hall of Fame inductee Gary Williams, including the final three years of Williams’ tenure as an assistant coach. He was also responsible for a pair of top 25 recruiting classes during his time in College Park. Ehsan spent one season (2011-2012) at Virginia Tech under coach Seth Greenburg before coming to UAB, where he has been for the past two seasons.