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Following five seasons on various staffs for head coach Mark Turgeon, Scott Spinelli is now entering his third season on 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 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.
Prior to his tenure at Maryland, 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 pair of successful stints as the head coach at both George Washington and St. John's and now serves in that same capacity at Florida Atlantic University.
Spinelli and his wife, Lynn, have three children: Gianna, Gabriel and Joseph.