Tony Skinn joins men’s basketball team – Ohio State Buckeyes
Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State Head Coach Chris Holtmann has announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Tony Skinn. Skinn comes to Columbus after a three-year stint as an assistant at Seton Hall.
“We are really excited to add Tony Skinn as an assistant coach,” said Holtmann. “Tony comes highly recommended at all levels – NBA, college, AAU and high school. Tony was an exceptional player on a Final Four team and as a professional. Over the course of his coaching career, he has built a reputation as a great worker, has an eye for detail, builds great relationships with players and is an exceptional recruiter. He has strong ties to the DC metro area and has worked with very successful programs in high schools, AAU, and colleges. We can’t wait for it to launch. We welcome Tony, Weyni, Isaiah, Liam and Noelle to our program and Ohio State University. “
“The opportunity to participate in a program like Ohio State is very unique, and I am grateful that Coach Holtmann has given me this opportunity,” said Skinn. “As a basketball fan, the Ohio State brand is second to none and I’m excited to get to work. They are a very good team and a very good program, and I hope that with the experiences that I have had as a player and now as a coach, I can have a big impact. I am not too far removed from the player process. I know the culture and the everyday mentality and I can put myself in their shoes and help them become a better basketball player.
At Seton Hall, Skinn worked closely with the guards and helped Quincy McKnight become one of BIG EAST’s top leaders. He also played an influential role in the development of Myles Powell, who was the 2020 BIG EAST Player of the Year. Skinn was part of the Pirates’ NCAA Tournament’s fourth consecutive appearance in 2019, which was a program record. The Pirates also won a BIG EAST regular season title in 2020 and were on track for another tournament bid.
Prior to Seton Hall, Skinn spent three seasons at Louisiana Tech where he helped lead the Bulldogs to 63 wins, including straight 23-game winning streaks and a pair of top-four standings at Conference USA.
Skinn, who was born in Nigeria and raised in Takoma Park, Md., Played college basketball at George Mason, where he was a 1,000-point scorer and two-time All-CAA selection. George Mason was the best college basketball story in 2006 when the Patriots won a general offer and made it to the Final Four. The March Madness run was considered one of the most unlikely and unexpected performances in college basketball history.
Skinn then spent seven years playing professionally abroad in Croatia, France, Italy, Germany, Israel and Ukraine before starting his coaching career. He is also a member of the Coaches For Action Coalition of Black Assistant Coaches which seeks to raise awareness of the social injustice that occurs against people of color.
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