Kennesaw State names Al Skinner men’s hoops coach

Kennesaw, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Kennesaw State has named Al Skinner its new
men’s basketball coach.

Skinner has 22 years of collegiate experience as a head coach at Rhode Island
and Boston College, and spent the past two seasons as an associate coach at
Bryant University. He has a career head coaching record of 385-291 with nine
NCAA Tournament appearances.

“My lifelong passion has been basketball,” said Skinner. “I am passionate
about coaching young men to be successful team members on winning basketball
teams. With the assistance of the alumni, student body, faculty, President Dan
Papp, Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams and Owl fans, we will work
tirelessly to build a basketball program Kennesaw State will be proud of. I
appreciate the opportunity I have been given to coach the KSU basketball
team.”

Kennesaw State needed a replacement for the fired Jimmy Lallathin. The Owls
were just 10-22 this past season.

“It is a great compliment to the university and department of athletics to
attract someone of Al’s stature and record of accomplishments,” Williams said
on Sunday. “He has distinguished himself at the highest level of college
basketball as evident by his nine NCAA Tournament appearances. He also has a
stellar history of graduating his players as every men’s basketball player who
stayed four years at Boston College graduated.

“We look forward to Al bringing those attributes to Kennesaw State and
building a men’s basketball program that regularly challenges for Atlantic Sun
Conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances, while at the same time
instilling into our student-athletes those characteristics and values that are
essential to being successful.”

Skinner left Boston College in March 2010 as the winningest coach in school
history, directing the Eagles to a mark of 247-165 in 13 seasons. He took BC
to the NCAA Tournament seven times, but only once did the squad reach the
regional semifinals, and two of his last three teams had losing records.