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March 30, 2010
Boston College and head basketball coach Al Skinner have agreed to part ways, according to an announcement by director of athletics Gene DeFilippo. Skinner's BC tenure ends after 13 years as head coach.
"Coach Al Skinner and I agreed it would be mutually beneficial for us to part ways," DeFilippo said. "We discussed our philosophical differences and our concern for the future of our basketball program.
"All of us at Boston College have great respect for Coach Skinner. We are grateful for his achievements over the course of the past 13 years. We wish him nothing but the best."
Skinner had a 247-165 record in his 13 seasons leading the Eagles. He led BC to seven NCAA Tournament berths and one NIT bid. Skinner's teams captured three Big East regular-season titles and one Big East Tournament crown. He has a 385-291 record in 22 years as a head coach.
DeFilippo indicated he would commence a search for a new coach immediately.
"Our goal is to find a coach who shares our vision for Boston College basketball. We will begin a national search for a replacement immediately."
Associate head coach Pat Duquette will serve as the acting head coach during the search process.