Scott Spinelli joined the Nebraska staff in the summer of 2003 and immediately helped bolster the Huskers' recruiting efforts. A successful head prep school coach for six years before moving to the college and professional ranks, Spinelli established strong connections with prep, high school, AAU and international coaches during those years that he has used to assist the Huskers' recruiting efforts. Spinelli played a primary role in the recruiting process for two of the top freshmen in the Big 12 Conference last season in guard Joe McCray and center Aleks Maric.
McCray set the Big 12 freshman record with 80 three-pointers on the season and broke the Nebraska freshman scoring average record by leading the team with 15.5 points per game. The Huskers' first basketball recruit from Australia and NU's second international recruit in the last 15 years, Maric came on strong down the stretch and broke the Husker freshman rebounding record while ranking among the top 15 rebounders in the Big 12 Conference.
"Scott Spinelli has proven to be one of the brightest young college basketball coaches in America," said Executive Associate A.D. Marc Boehm. "His energy and passion for recruiting is helping propel the program to new heights."
Spinelli was named one of the top 10 assistant coaches in the country by collegeinsider.com in 2002 and was ranked in the top 50 assistants last year by Basketball Times magazine. Nebraska has benefited from his continued recruiting success as the Huskers landed another highly ranked class for the 2005-06 campaign. Among the four student-athletes Spinelli played a primary role recruiting were junior college transfer B.J. Walker and incoming freshmen Jamel White, Kyle Marks and Mike Smith.
"This means a lot to my family and I, and I would like to thank Coach Collier for his confidence in my abilities," Spinelli said. "Behind any successful program is recruiting, and we are currently generating momentum in that area. As a staff we will continue to work together to attract the very best student-athletes to Nebraska in our quest for a Big 12 championship."
Before coming to the Huskers, Spinelli spent two seasons at Loyola (Ill.), where he recruited a top-20 ranked point guard and the Horizon League's Newcomer of the Year in 2003. He also organized all of the Ramblers' recruiting activities while assisting with game preparation and practice planning. Spinelli has also cultivated extensive international recruiting ties after serving as assistant coach in the International Basketball League and as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers. Previously he was also an associate head coach for two years at American University, where he was responsible for two nationally ranked recruiting classes. During his career Spinelli has coached several players who have gone on to professional careers including two players chosen in the NBA Draft.