Widely regarded as one of the top assistant coaches in college basketball, Scott Spinelli has earned a reputation as an excellent recruiter and game tactician during a career that has seen him have success at every level of basketball.
Spinelli, now in his third season at Maryland and eighth on the staff of head coach Mark Turgeon, has coached at the high school, college and professional levels for 23 years.
"Scott is a bulldog recruiter with tremendous connections across the country," said Turgeon. "He is also an excellent coach with a tremendous basketball mind."
Over the last six years, Spinelli has been instrumental in leading Texas A&M and Maryland to a combined four NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT. In his four years at A&M, the Aggies posted the best four-year win total in school history.
Spinelli has also had great success recruiting and developing players that have gone on to play in the NBA. Five of Spinelli’s former players are currently playing in the NBA: Gal Mekel (Dallas Mavericks), Donald Sloan (Indiana Pacers), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) and Alex Len (Phoenix Suns). In addition, Spinelli coached and recruited a pair of outstanding players while at Nebraska: Aleks Maric, an All-Big 12 selection at center, and Ryan Anderson, a 1,000-point career scorer with the Cornhuskers.
Spinelli has helped Maryland haul in consecutive top-25 recruiting classes, leading the recruitment of Damonte Dodd in the class of 2013, as well as current Terps - Seth Allen, Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz . In addition, Spinelli helped recruit transfer guard Logan Aronhalt, who connected on 63-of-145 three-point attempts (.434 pct.) and was named to the 2013 All-ACC Academic team in his one season (2012-13) with Maryland.
Spinelli played an integral role in leading Maryland to a 25-13 record and an appearance in the ACC Tournament semifinals and the NIT semifinals in 2012-13. The Terrapins posted three wins over a ranked team in 2012-13 and were the lone team in the nation to defeat Duke twice. Spinelli was credited by Turgeon for developing an outstanding scouting report in both wins over the Blue Devils. Maryland’s initial win over Duke at home last February marked its first victory over a No.1-ranked opponent in five years.
Spinelli first joined Turgeon’s staff for the 2006-07 season at Wichita State, serving as the associate head coach.
Prior to his stint at Wichita State, Spinelli was an assistant at Nebraska for three seasons under Barry Collier, when he helped land two nationally-ranked recruiting classes and led them to a pair of postseason appearances. He was the Cornhuskers' associate head coach in 2005-06. The aforementioned 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. In addition, Spinelli helped develop Blake Schilb, a three-time first-team All-Horizon League selection and a 2006 Honorable Mention All-American selection.
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 and coached several Division I prospects. In 1993, Spinelli started the basketball program at The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass., where in the first three years of the program's history, he led them to two appearances in the NEPSAC Class A Tournament championship game. Spinelli also produced numerous Division I players at Winchendon, including former McDonald’s All-American Randell Jackson, who played in the NBA with the Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks.
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. Spinelli helped Boston advance to the NCAA Tournament in 1988.
Spinelli and his wife, Lynn, have three children: Gianna, Gabriel and Joseph.