After speculation for the last week, it appears that Maryland assistant coach Scott Spinelli is leaving the school to take an assistant coach position at Boston College.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Spinelli is leaving College Park to be new Eagles coach Jim Christian’s top assistant coach. An official announcement is expected in the very near future. It’s also expected that Spinelli will receive a substantial pay increase in the move.
Spinelli has been with Terps coach Mark Turgeon since his Texas A&M days and has been a strong recruiter for Maryland. The list is endless in terms of the players that Spinelli had a hand in bringing to College Park. Seth Allen, Jake Layman, and Damonte Dodd were all brought in by the Boston native on the recruiting trail. In addition, he was also responsible for nabbing Evan Smotrycz and Logan Aronhalt on the transfer market.
Spinelli 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.
The local product will be tabbed as the guy to keep New England’s best talent at home to play for Boston College. The Eagles are coming off a tough 8-24 (4-14) season in the ACC and finished as the second worst team in the conference. Spinelli will be starting from scratch as one of their top offensive players and rebounders in Ryan Anderson is transferring out of the program.
It’ll be interesting to see who Turgeon attempts to bring in to fill the vacancy on his staff. Indiana’s Kenny Johnson and UAB’s Rob Ehsan could be options.
We’ll have all the latest developments regarding the assistant coach search as they happen.