BABC adds former BC coach

BABC director Leo Papile hires recent Eagles skipper, Al Skinner

by Peter Robert Casey October 13, 2011 12:54pm ET
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Al Skinner will inject an extra dose of experience into the already successful BABC program.

The rich get richer.

According to, BABC, second place finishers in the Five-Star Summer Top 25, have added former Boston College coach Al Skinner to their staff.

“Al is an assistant with us,” BABC head Leo Papile told Adam Zagoria of “He will be on the bench with Eggie McRae with our sophomores (2014) this season, which is in the fall segment through Nov. 6. This group was the 2011 AAU ninth grade national champs.”

Born and bred in Mount Vernon, New York, Al Skinner played for UMass before becoming a collegiate coach, a path that's included stints at Marist (assistant), Rhode Island (assistant and head coach) and most recently Boston College

The 2001 and 2005 Big East Coach of the year sports a cumulative head coaching log of 385-291 over a span of 22 seasons, and won a pair of Big East tournament titles ('01, '05) and one regular season conference title ('01).  

“Most of all he brings character, which is the first quality we look at in making player/staff additions,” Papile told “We have a long history of alumni currently involved in NBA coaching.” 

Papile also has a history of winning. The 2011 Five-Star Summer Coach of the Year compiled an impressive 82-4 ledger over the spring and summer, and his 17U squad won the coveted Peach Jam crown.

Expect even bigger things next summer with Skinner as part of the program. 

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