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Al Skinner

Title Head coach
College Boston College
Sport Basketball
Born June 16, 1952 (1952-06-16) (age 57)
Place of birth Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Career highlights
Overall 313-234 (19 seasons)
Big East Tournament Championship (2001)
Big East Regular Season Championship (2001, 2005)
National Coach of the Year (2001)
Big East Coach of the Year (2001, 2005)
Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (1992)
Playing career
1971-1974 UMass
Position Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Marist (asst.)
Rhode Island (asst.)
Rhode Island
Boston College

Albert L. (Al) Skinner (born June 16, 1952 in Mount Vernon, New York) is an American men's college basketball head coach and a former collegiate and professional basketball player. Presently, he is in his tenth year as the head coach of the Boston College basketball team.

Skinner played on the freshman team at the University of Massachusetts during Julius Erving's final collegiate year. Skinner played professionally in the ABA, helping the New York Nets to an ABA title in 1976, and the NBA, where he spent time with the Nets, Pistons and 76ers.

After retiring from professional ball, Skinner entered the college coaching ranks. He served as an assistant at Marist from 1982-84 and later served in that capacity at the University of Rhode Island. He was named head coach of URI beginning with the 1988-1989 season and remained through the 1996-1997 campaign. On April 17, 1997, Skinner was hired to lead the Boston College Eagles basketball team.

He was named coach of the year nationally in 2000-01. Boston College was a #3 seed that year. As a 4 seed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, they lost to 12 seed Milwaukee. He was named Big East Coach of the Year in 2004-05. He has also been honored as the Atlantic 10 coach of the year in 1991-92. Skinner's 2004-2005 team was the first Big East team in history to start a season 20-0. During the 2005-2006 season, Al Skinner became the all-time winningest coach in Boston College history, surpassing Jim O'Brien's 168 wins.

He has taken Boston College to five NCAA Tournaments, and took Rhode Island to two. Overall he has been to seven NCAA Tournaments as a head coach and ten postseasons in all (NCAA and NIT).

He has been inducted into the UMass and URI athletics halls of fame.


  • In 1978, Al Skinner was one of four players to play for both teams in a single game. After a protest, a game played earlier in the year was replayed and Skinner, who started the game with the New Jersey Nets, ended the game as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Coach Skinner is known for his impeccable dress habits among Boston College fans, earning him the nickname "Coach Handsome". Those who watch closely notice that Skinner only wears a tie for home games, electing to wear either a polo or mock turtleneck on the road. It is rumored that Skinner does not wear the same suit twice in a given season.
  • Skinner is a spokesperson for Eastern Clothing of Watertown, a prominent men's clothing store near Boston College.
  • During the college basketball season, WEEI radio broadcasts the Al Skinner Show. The half hour program hosted by Ted Sarandis is taped before a live audience at the Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill and aired each Thursday.[1]

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