Former Maryland assistant Scott Spinelli has officially been hired by Boston College in the same capacity, signing a contract on his weekend visit to the area, an individual with knowledge of the situation said.
The two sides had been in “serious talks” for at least a week, Terrapins Coach Mark Turgeon said last Monday, so this latest development represents the mere finalization of what had already become widely assumed. Before leaving for his trip to Boston, Spinelli signed his letter of resignation, according to another source, which named Monday as his last day of work in College Park.
According to the source, Spinelli also received a significant raise from the $202,000 Maryland paid him during the 2012-13 season. The terms of his deal were not disclosed, though an official announcement is expected Monday.
Moving to Boston College under first-year coach Jim Christian represents a homecoming of sorts for Spinelli. Both he and Christian played basketball at Boston University, though their times did not overlap, and Spinelli’s wife Lynn is also from New England. After graduating from BU, Spinelli began his coaching career at Milford Academy, where he spent three seasons as the head coach and later moved to The Winchendon School, where he helped start the basketball program.
Years later, when he followed Turgeon to Maryland following five seasons together at Wichita State and Texas A&M, Spinelli made good on his reputation as a dogged recruiter. He discovered guard Seth Allen, led the courtship of Boston-area prospects Evan Smotrycz and Jake Layman, and was also instrumental in bringing Logan Aronhalt, Damonte Dodd and class of 2014 signee Jared Nickens to College Park. He also handled the toughest scouting assignments, like when Maryland beat Duke twice in 2012-13 and when the Terps upset Virginia this past season.
With the Eagles, Spinelli finds a program in turmoil. They fired former coach Steve Donahue following an underwhelming season that began with NCAA tournament hopes and ended with eight overall victories. Ryan Anderson and Joe Rahon have already announced their intentions to transfer, and star guard Olivier Hanlan is still mulling his options, which include staying at Boston College, leaving for another school and entering the NBA draft.
But Spinelli will also be counted upon to tap into the New England prospect market, which has generated plenty of national talent in recent years, almost none of which has gone to Boston College. Three of ESPN.com’s top 80 prospects for the class of 2014 hail from Massachusetts and one more comes from New Hampshire. The Eagles don’t even have a recruit committed for their class of 2014.
According to the source, Spinelli visited Boston College this weekend with the intention of finalizing the contract. The search for his replacement at Maryland had already begun while Spinelli and the Eagles were in serious talks, another source said, though no concrete names have emerged.