COLLEGE STATION -- Veteran coach Scott Spinelli has been named associate head men¹s basketball coach at Texas A&M, first-year Head Coach Mark Turgeon said Monday.
Spinelli joins Alvin ³Pooh² Williamson on Turgeon¹s A&M staff. Turgeon
introduced Williamson at the press conference when he was hired on April 10.
³Coach Spinelli is a guy who lives to recruit he loves everything about
recruiting and is really good at it,² Turgeon said. ³He will open up as lot
of doors for us nationally and globally that will help us build an even
stronger program at Texas A&M.²
³I¹m excited to be able to continue working with Coach Turgeon, who is
undoubtedly one of the best young coaches in college basketball,² Spinelli said. ³I¹m also thrilled to be back in the Big 12, which is one of the top conferences in the country. We want to continue to build on the recent success A&M has had.²
Spinelli served one season as associate head coach under Turgeon last year at Wichita State. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Nebraska for three seasons, when he helped land two nationally-ranked recruiting classes. He was the Cornhuskers¹ associate head coach in 2005-06. Among the players he signed at Nebraska were All-Big 12 center Aleks Maric.
From 2001-03, Spinelli was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Loyola University in Chicago. He helped the Ramblers to 32 wins over two seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03) - the program¹s most in a two-year span since the mid-1980s - including a berth in the championship game of the 2002 Horizon League Tournament.
Spinelli recruited and developed Paul McMillan, a junior college transfer
who won the Horizon League¹s Newcomer-of-the-Year Award in 2003. His first recruiting class for the Ramblers also included Terrance Whiters, who was ranked among the top 70 overall prospects in the country and among the top 20 point guards nationally by ESPN.com.
Spinelli was recognized as one of the top 10 assistant coaches in the
country by CollegeInsider.com in the Fall of 2002.
Before joining the Ramblers, Spinelli spent one year as a scout for the
Philadelphia 76ers, evaluating players in the Big East and Atlantic 10
conferences, along with high school players from the Northeast.
Spinelli also served as an assistant coach for Cincinnati of the
International Basketball League (IBL) in 1999-2000, helping the Stuff to an Eastern Conference regular-season championship.
Prior to his work in the IBL, Spinelli spent two years as associate head
coach (1997-99) at American University in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for two nationally recognized recruiting classes.
Spinelli¹s first collegiate coaching stop came at Wyoming in 1996-97.
He began his coaching career on the prep level in 1990 at the Mildford
Academy, where he spent three seasons. In 1993, Spinelli started the
basketball program at The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass., where he produced several Division I products. The school remains one of the top prep schools in the Northeast.
The Leominster, Mass., native earned his bachelor¹s degree from Boston
University in 1989. As a student-athlete, Spinelli initially walked on with
the Terriers before earning a scholarship as a point guard under Mike
Jarvis, who went on to a successful stint as head coach at St. John¹s
Spinelli and his wife, Lynn, have three children, Gianna, Gabriel and