You probably missed it, but  conference tournament play began on Monday night in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

One of the winners–advancing to the semifinal round–was Kennesaw State, which came away with an 80-78 win over South Carolina UpState.

The coach of Kennesaw is Al Skinner.

Remember the name?

If you were or are a college basketball fan in the ACC, the Big East or the Atlantic 10 you absolutely know about Al Skinner.

Al Skinner came out of New York, played basketball at UMass with a guy named Julius Erving. He had a long career as a player in the ABA and NBA.

He went into coaching, starting his head coaching journey at Rhode Island, where he became the second winningest coach in school history. He was also named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.

He went to Boston College and revived that program. He was named NATIONAL coach of the year. BC won a Big East regular season title. He was also named the Big East Coach of the Year during his tenure He left that program as the winningest men’s basketball coach in school history.

When BC left the Big East, Skinner guided the Eagles to the ACC tournament title game in his first season in the league.  During his final 5 seasons at BC, the Eagles AVERAGED 20 wins a season.

But that wasn’t good enough for former BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo, who wanted more from Skinner. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.