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Al Skinner

Born: June 16, 1952 in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Education: Graduated from Malverne High School in 1970 and the University of Massachusetts in 1974

Personal: Wife, Donna; two children, Vaniecia and Andre

Playing career: Skinner was on the freshman team at UMass during the 1970-71 season, when Julius Erving was on the varsity. Skinner scored 1,235 points while on the varsity. He played six professional seasons, two in the ABA and four in the NBA, and was a member of the Nets for three full seasons and parts of two others. Skinner, with Erving, helped lead the Nets to the 1976 ABA title. He also played for the Pistons and the 76ers, averaging 9.1 points in his pro career.

Coaching career: Skinner was Rhode Island's coach from 1988-97 and had a record of 138-126 with two NCAA Tournament appearances. He has been Boston College's coach since the 1997-98 season, compiling a 247-165 record. Boston College has made seven NCAA Tournament appearances under Skinner, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2006.

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