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BC names Scott Spinelli assistant basketball coach

Scott Spinelli (left) was an assistant coach under Mark Turgeon (middle) the past three seasons at Maryland, and at Wichita State and Texas A&M. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Scott Spinelli (left) was an assistant coach under Mark Turgeon (middle) the past three seasons at Maryland, and at Wichita State and at Texas A&M.

Scott Spinelli, 47, a native of Leominster, Mass., and a Boston University graduate, was hired Monday as an assistant on new Boston College basketball coach Jim Christian’s staff.

Spinelli has a strong recruiting background, serving the last eight seasons under Mark Turgeon first at Wichita State, then Texas A&M, and finally at Maryland.

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“This is an extremely unique opportunity for me to bring my family back home and coach at a place I grew up rooting for as a kid,’’ Spinelli said. “I’m extremely excited to be able to come back and work for a coach I have known for 20 years and have a great respect for and I’m hoping to be able to help energize Boston College by going out and finding the kind of players that will help get this thing going again.’’

Spinelli began his coaching career as a head coach at two prep schools, Milford (N.Y.) Academy (1990-93) and the Winchendon School (1993-96). He also worked with Loyola-Chicago (2001-03), the Philadelphia 76ers (2000-01), Cincinnati Stuff of the IBL (1999-2000), American University (1997-99), and Wyoming (1996-97).

“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,’’ Christian said.

Michael Vega can be reached at vega@globe.com.
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