May 20, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Friday that Scott Spinelli, Dalonte Hill and Bino Ranson will be the assistant coaches on his new Terrapin staff. In addition, Dustin Clark has been hired as the director of basketball operations.
"I feel good about the talent of the assistant coaches we have assembled," said Turgeon. "They all have their own unique abilities as coaches that, as a group, will make us complete. They all have been successful recruiting this part of the country and will be a big part of the resurgence of Maryland Basketball."
Spinelli will join Turgeon for the sixth straight season, having worked with him during each of Turgeon's four years at Texas A&M and for one season at Wichita State. He was the Aggies' associate head coach and helped direct the program to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Hill, a native of Washington, D.C., will join the Terrapins' staff after six seasons at Kansas State. Long noted for his recruiting ties to the D.C. area, Hill helped a resurgence in the Wildcat basketball program that had Kansas State hit the 20-win plateau for a school-record five straight years.
Ranson will be retained as an assistant after he spent last season on the staff of retired coach Gary Williams. A native of Baltimore, Ranson has strong recruiting ties in that area and aided in the recent recruitment and retention of shooting guard Nick Faust.
Clark has been an athletics assistant for three years and, last year, moved into the role as team administrator on Turgeon's staff with the Aggies. A graduate of Texas A&M, he has played an important role in recruiting and in the recent success of the Aggies' basketball program.
Bios on the new staff members follow:
Hometown: Leominster, Mass.
Education: Boston University `89
Following five seasons on various staffs for head coach Mark Turgeon, Scott Spinelli comes to College Park to be part of the coaching staff at the University of Maryland.
"Scott is a bulldog recruiter with tremendous connection up and down the east coast," said Turgeon. "He is also an excellent coach with a tremendous basketball mind."
Spinelli sent four seasons with Turgeon as the associate head coach at Texas A&M, and was in the same position with Turgeon at Wichita State in 2006-07.
Prior to that, he was an assistant at Nebraska for three seasons, when he helped land two nationally-ranked recruiting classes. He was the Cornhuskers' associate head coach in 2005-06. All-Big 12 center Aleks Maric was among the players he signed at Nebraska.
From 2001-03, Spinelli was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Loyola-Chicago. He helped the Ramblers to 32 wins over two seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03) -- the program's 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 League's 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 by ESPN.com.
Spinelli has been recognized by several media outlets as one of the nation's top assistant coaches. 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 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. Spinelli's first collegiate coaching stop came at Wyoming in 1996-97.
He began his coaching career on the prep level in 1990 at the Milford Academy, where he spent three seasons as head coach. In 1993, Spinelli started the basketball program at The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass., where he produced several Division I players. The school remains one of the top prep school programs in the Northeast.
The Leominster, Mass., native earned his bachelor's 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. John's.
Spinelli and his wife, Lynn, have three children: Gianna, Gabriel and Joseph.
2007-11 - Associate Head Coach, Texas A&M
2006-07 - Associate Head Coach, Wichita State
2005-06 - Associate Head Coach, Nebraska
2003-05 - Assistant Coach, Nebraska
2001-03 - Assistant Coach, Loyola-Chicago
2000-01 - Scout, Philadelphia 76ers
1999-00 - Assistant Coach, Cincinnati Stuff
1997-99 - Associate Head Coach, American University
1996-97 - Assistant Coach, Wyoming
1993-96 - Head Coach, Winchendon (Mass.) School
1990-93 - Head Coach, Milford (N.Y.) Academy
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Education: Charlotte `01
Noted as one of the top coaches and recruiters nationally, Dalonte Hill is coming home to the Washington, D.C., area to join the staff of head coach Mark Turgeon.
"It was great to be able to bring Dalonte home," said Turgeon. "He is a terrific recruiter and will be a great addition to our staff. His relationships on the east coast will be huge for the growth of our program."
A native of Washington, D.C., Hill was hired as an assistant coach at Kansas State by former head coach Bob Huggins in April 2006 after three seasons at Charlotte. He was elevated to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator just over a year later upon the promotion of Martin to head coach.
Hill played a significant role in helping to revitalize the K-State program, which has tallied five consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history. With his help, the Wildcats have posted 118 wins the past five seasons, including 50 in Big 12 play, and have advanced to the postseason in an unprecedented five straight seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
The 118 wins are the most in school history in a five-year span, shattering the previous mark of 107 wins set from 1957-62, while the 50 conference victories are the most since the squad posted 56 from 1971-76. K-State is one of four Big 12 schools (along with Kansas, Texas and Texas A&M) in that span to total five 20-win seasons, while the Wildcats and Jayhawks are the only teams to finish in the top-4 in the Big 12 and receive a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in each of the past five seasons.
Hill has also played a major role in helping Kansas State land some of the country's best recruiting classes, including the nation's top-rated class by Scout.com and Rivals.com in 2006, which included No. 1 recruit Michael Beasley and No. 6 recruit Bill Walker. In 2008, he helped the Wildcats pull down their second top-20 class in the past three seasons, including their fourth McDonald's All-American (and second in last four seasons) in Wally Judge. The four-man class was rated 17th by Scout/ESPN.com and 18th by Rivals.com.
Hill spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Charlotte under Bobby Lutz. He helped guide his alma mater to a 61-30 (.760) overall record and three consecutive postseason appearances from 2003-06, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005). He also helped the 49ers to a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular-season title as well as runner-up finishes in C-USA in 2004-05 and the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06.
During his tenure at Charlotte, Hill helped coach two All-Americans, one C-USA Player of the Year and seven all-conference players. Two 49ers earned All-America distinction as Eddie Basden and Curtis Withers were named to SI.com's third team and honorable mention lists in 2005. Withers was also named to Basketball Times' All-America third team in 2004. A two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year, Basden was selected as the 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year as well as the national Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Prior to joining the college ranks, Hill served two years as the head coach of the AAU's DC Assault.
A three-year letterman at Charlotte from 1997-2000, Hill played on three postseason squads for the 49ers under head coaches Melvin Watkins and Bobby Lutz. As a true freshman in 1997-98, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26 games with one start for the 49ers in helping the squad to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 20-11 record. As a sophomore, the 49ers captured the 1999 Conference USA Tournament title and once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round with a 23-11 record. During the 1999-2000 season, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 23 games with 11 starts in helping Charlotte earn a Postseason NIT bid with a 17-16 record.
Hill transferred to Bowie State for his senior season where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in helping the Bulldogs to a 19-9 record. He returned to Charlotte following the season to complete his bachelor's degree in sociology in 2001.
Hill and his wife, Tish, have three daughters: Danae, Dakotah and Daeja.
2007-11 - Associate Head Coach, Kansas State
2006-07 - Assistant Coach, Kansas State
2003-06 - Assistant Coach, Charlotte
2001-03 - Head Coach D.C. Assault (AAU)
ORLANDO "BINO" RANSON
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Education: Southern New Hampshire `99
Orlando "Bino" Ranson was hired as an assistant coach at Maryland in the summer of 2010, and the halls of Comcast Center immediately lit up with energy. He has been retained on the staff by new head coach Mark Turgeon.
"Bino is a young man I have known for a long time, and I have watched him grow as a coach," said Turgeon. "He is a grinder when it comes to recruiting and he has many connections all over the east coast."
Ranson has strong ties to the Baltimore-Washington area, having coached for two seasons at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He came to Maryland after one season as an assistant at Xavier, during which the Musketeers went 26-9 and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. In his lone season on the staff of Maryland head coach Gary Williams in 2010-11, the Terrapins went 19-14.
Ranson said he's followed the Maryland program for a long time and is familiar with its national reputation and rich history. He spent two years as an administrative assistant at Loyola University on the staff of long-time Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos.
Prior to Xavier, Ranson was an assistant coach at James Madison for one season, helping the Dukes to a 21-15 mark, the most wins by JMU in a season since 1992-93. The Dukes advanced in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since 2003 and their berth in the College Insiders.com Tournament marked their first postseason appearance since 1994.
Ranson also worked for Matt Brady at Marist University for three seasons. The Red Foxes were 62-33 in those three seasons and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season in 2007. That season, Marist won at Oklahoma State in the Postseason NIT.
Considered an outstanding recruiter, he helped bring in excellent classes at James Madison, Marist and Xavier. Ranson helped land Jay Gavin at Marist, who went on to become the MAAC Rookie of the Year.
Ranson coached at St. Frances Academy for two seasons before joining the Loyola staff. He handled St. Frances' junior-varsity program, directing the 2003-04 team to a 24-5 record, titles in the MIAA and the Baltimore Catholic League. He also founded Team Baltimore, one of the top AAU programs in the Northeast.
Among the players Ranson worked with at the AAU level are Sean Mosley and Juan Dixon of Maryland, Ricky Harris of Massachusetts, Jermaine Dixon of Pittsburgh and Donte Greene of Syracuse.
A 1999 graduate of Southern New Hampshire with a B.S. in sports management, Ranson completed his collegiate career as one of the top players in the history of the school. He ranked seventh in career scoring (1,899 points), fifth in assists (598) and fourth in 3-point field goals (226) after lettering for four seasons. He was inducted into the school's hall of fame in January 2007.
Ranson and his wife, Shannon, have two sons: Orlando and Bradshaw.
2010-11 - Assistant Coach, Maryland
2009-10 - Assistant Coach, Xavier
2008-09 - Assistant Coach, James Madison
2004-05 to 2006-07 - Assistant Coach, Marist
2003-04 & 2004-05 - Administrative Assistant, Loyola, Md.
2001-02 to 2002-03 - Coach, St. Francis Academy
Hometown: Waxahachie, Texas
Education: Texas A&M `07
Dustin Clark comes to the Maryland men's basketball program as the director of basketball operations on the staff of head coach Mark Turgeon. In that role, Clark will be in charge of the administrative duties in the men's basketball office, including scheduling, operations and travel.
"Dustin is one of the bright young coaches in this business," said Turgeon. "He has tremendous passion for his job and will build great relationships with our current players. His understanding and experience of how I want the office and program to run is big in our transition."
Clark spent five seasons with the Texas A&M basketball program. After serving as an athletics assistant for three years, he was the team administrator in the 2010-11 season. During his five seasons, the Aggies won 124 games, produced three NBA draft picks and had Turgeon earn back-to-back Big 12 Coach of the Year honors.
His duties included on-campus recruiting, coordination of recruiting correspondence, academic quality control and student-athlete affairs. Clark was the director of the Mark Turgeon Basketball Camp, as well as a coordinator for the Texas A&M Elite and Junior Elite camps. He has played a key role in helping the Aggies land multiple nationally ranked recruiting classes.
In 2008, the Aggies won the Preseason NIT and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the closing seconds to top-seeded UCLA. A&M closed the next regular season on a six-game winning streak and again reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In 2010, Texas A&M reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament despite playing the second-toughest schedule in the nation. A year ago, the Aggies exploded to a 16-1 start, the best at the school in 91 years and earned its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.
A native of Waxahachie, Texas, Clark received his degree from Texas A&M in 2007. Clark graduated from Avalon High School, where he was a four-year letterman in both basketball and baseball.
2010-11 - Team Administrator, Texas A&M
2007-10 - Athletic Assistant, Texas A&M
2006-07 - Student Assistant, Texas A&M