In his introductory conference call, new Boston College basketball coach Jim Christian called his coaching staff a “critical” component in recruiting -- which in turn is critical to on-court success.
Christian is making progress on his staff, officially hiring Scott Spinelli as an assistant coach on Monday.
The long-rumored move gives Christian a top assistant with ties to New England -- Spinelli is a Leominster, Mass., native and Boston University graduate -- and experience in high-profile programs. Spinelli spent the past eight years as an assistant for Mark Turgeon, first at Wichita State (2006-07), then at Texas A&M (2007-08 to 2010-11) and Maryland (2011-12 to 2013-14).
"We are excited to have Scott join our basketball staff here at Boston College," Christian said in a statement. "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."
Spinelli is credited with helping Turgeon and the Terps land consecutive Top 25 recruiting classes, including bringing in four-star prospect Jake Layman (a Wrentham, Mass., native and ESPN100 prospect) in the Class of 2012.
Christian no doubt hopes that Spinelli can help the Eagles convince some of the state’s top talent to play college ball in Chestnut Hill.
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