SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Former Boston College and Rhode Island head coach Al Skinner has joined the staff at Bryant.

Skinner fills the hole left by the departure of assistant Mike Kelly on third-year coach Tim O’Shea’s staff.

Skinner compiled a 247-165 record at Boston College from 1997 until 2010, leading the Eagles to six NCAA tournaments in one seven-year stretch, including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2006.

He went 138-126 in nine seasons at Rhode Island, including two NCAA trips and two trips to the NIT. O’Shea was an assistant to Skinner at both schools.

Skinner said in a statement he is excited to be reunited with O’Shea.

Skinner was a star player at the University of Massachusetts and played six years of professional basketball.

Bryant went 19-12 last season.

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