Maryland assistant Scott Spinelli has accepted a position to serve in the same capacity at Boston College, the Terrapin program announced in a statement on Monday evening.
Rumblings about the move began last week and were confirmed by CSN over the weekend. It now becomes official.
Spinelli just finished his third season at Maryland, having followed head coach Mark Turgeon to College Park from Texas A&M, where he was an assistant from 2007-11. Spinelli came to A&M with Turgeon by way of Wichita State, where he was an assistant from 2006-07.
“Scott and I have known each other for a long time and have worked together for the last eight years,” Turgeon said in a statement released by the school.
“He is an outstanding coach and recruiter and has been a great member of my staff while at Wichita State, Texas A&M and Maryland. This is a great personal and professional opportunity for Scott and it’s a chance for his family to move back to the New England region. Scott’s been a great friend and I wish him, his wife Lynn, and his family the very best.”
As Turgeon mentioned, Spinelli now heads back to his native New England where he has strong recruiting ties. A graduate of Boston University, Spinelli's connections in the region helped to land Maryland forwards Evan Smotrycz and Jake Layman.
“I want to thank Mark for the great opportunity,” Spinelli said in a release. “I enjoyed working with him over the past eight years and I am proud of our accomplishments. I had a tremendous experience at Maryland and sincerely enjoyed working closely with the basketball staff, student-athletes and the athletics department.
"This was a very unique opportunity that was presented to my family and I, and we are eager to return home. On behalf of my entire family, I would like to thank the University of Maryland community and wish them the very best.”
Maryland will now have to replace its second assistant in less than a year. Director of Basketball Operations Dustin Clark was promoted to an assistant after the resignation of Dalonte Hill in the fall. Clark's former position also remains unfilled at the moment.