Another Milestone win for Al Skinner

On December 22, head coach Al Skinner got his 400th career win as a head coach against the North Carolina A&T Aggies.

In 24 seasons, Coach Skinner has been the head man at Rhode Island, Boston College and now Kennesaw State.

After an illustrious professional basketball career, Skinner was an assistant for six seasons at Marist College and Rhode Island. Heading into the 1988-89 season, Rhode Island promoted him to head coach.

In his time at URI, Skinner led the Rams to two NCAA tournament appearances and two NIT appearances. He totaled 138 wins in Kingston and guided URI to three 20-win seasons.

He led URI to the postseason in his third season with the Rams taking them to the third round of the NIT. In his fourth season, Rhode Island won the A10 and made its first NCAA Tournament as an eight seed under Coach Skinner. That team defeated Purdue in the first round.

In his eighth season at Rhode Island, Skinner notched his 100th career victory against Fairleigh Dickinson.

After leading the Rams to the postseason four straight seasons, Boston College hired Coach Skinner heading into the 1997-98 season.

In Skinner's fourth season at Boston College, the Eagles exploded onto the scene nationally. During the 2000-01 season, the team finished 27-5 on its way to winning the Big East Regular Season Championship as well as the Big East Tournament before making the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Skinner was named the National Coach of the Year after the 2001 season where his team finished seventh in the final AP Poll.

After the successful 2000-01 season, the Eagles continued to soar winning at least 20 games in five of the next six seasons and making the postseason each year.

The Eagles won their third Big East title in five seasons and Skinner had guided Boston College to its highest regular season ranking ever at number three in the AP Poll during the 2004-05 season. That was the final season BC played in the Big East as they jumped to the ACC the next season.

Even changing conferences couldn't slow down the Eagles as they finished the following season 28-8 and made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Skinner won his 300th career game that season against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

During his 13 seasons at The Heights, Skinner became the all-time winningest coach in Boston College history compiling a 247-165 record. He led the Eagles to six NCAA appearances in a seven year stretch and seven appearances overall. BC made post-season play in eight of the 13 seasons Skinner was head coach.

On April 26, 2015, Skinner was named head coach at Kennesaw State. In his first season coaching the Owls, they finished 7-7 in ASUN play. The Owls closed the season strong going 5-2 in February securing the five seed in the ASUN Tournament. The .500 record in conference play was the best the Owls had finished since the 2006-07 season.

"Al is one of the best teachers of the game of basketball that I have ever worked with," Providence College Head Coach Ed Cooley said when Skinner was hired at Kennesaw State." I have so much respect for him as a person and a coach. He has been a mentor, friend and inspiration to me throughout my coaching career."

"Al Skinner is an outstanding head coach, but an even better person," Northeastern Head Coach Bill Coen said. "He's a proven winner and a terrific mentor for young people. His track record of success says it all."

In his 400th win, Kendrick Ray led the team scoring 34 points as the Owls topped N.C. A&T 68-60 in the KSU Convocation Center.

Congratulations on win 400 Coach Skinner!

Photo Credit to Rhode Island and Boston College Athletic Communications and Kyle Hess.

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