Jeff Spinelli has been named as the head men’s basketball coach at Finger Lakes Community College.
With an impressive record as both a student-athlete and a coach, Spinelli joins the Lakers with extensive experience in the sport. He comes to FLCC after serving as a successful assistant men’s basketball coach with Nazareth College (1996-1999), and SUNY Brockport (2000-2005) before helping establish Blizzard Basketball AAU.
Spinelli attended Onondaga Community College (OCC) and Roberts Wesleyan University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications/Business in 1996 before launching his coaching career. Following a successful stint at Nazareth College, Spinelli’s SUNY Brockport teams reached the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division III tournament in back-to-back years in 2001 and 2002.
Outside of the collegiate landscape, Spinelli’s Blizzard Basketball AAU teams captured numerous tournament championships throughout upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania throughout the years. He has coached some of the area’s top prospects and has held camps and instructional training with renowned coaches like Greg Dunne (Brockport), Tim Sweeney (Hobart), and Jack Leisure (McQuaid Jesuit).
As a player, Spinelli was a standout at Auburn High School (Section III), leading his team to two consecutive Sectional Finals in 1990 and 1991, serving as team captain in that final season. With an impressive average of 14.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game, Spinelli would play a crucial role in the Maroons championship run. Spinelli’s strong senior season earned him selections to the Exceptional Senior Game and the Zebra Classic, while also earning OHSL North All-League selection. Spinelli would move on to enjoy a successful collegiate career, spending one season with OCC before transferring to Roberts Wesleyan. Spinelli was named team captain for the Redhawks in 1996 and would earn a spot in the Keystone Conference Senior Game.
Outside of basketball, Spinelli is a family man and a servant leader who is active in the community as a volunteer at St. Mary’s Church. He has been married for 22 years to his wife, Emily, and has three children: Olivia, who is studying Education at Nazareth College, George, who is a junior at Canandaigua Academy, and Jimmy, who is in seventh grade at Canandaigua Middle School. Outside of coaching, Spinelli has had a successful career in medical sales for the past 25 years and has won multiple Presidents Club awards.