Former Dickinson College assistant Spinella new Lakers coach after Nicholas’ departure

Adam Spinella

by Derek Toney

After becoming Boys’ Latin School basketball coach last month, Doug Nicholas has resigned from the position, the school announced Friday. The Lake Avenue school named Adam Spinella as its new varsity coach.

“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Spinella to Boys’ Latin. He is a fantastic teacher of the game and is dedicated to building relationships with all the boys in the program,” said Lakers athletic director Michael Thomas. “He also has an extensive network of college basketball coaches and is committed to supporting boys who want to play at the collegiate level.  Coach Spinella is excited to lead the program; he will not only serve as our head varsity basketball coach but will also be working with lower and middle school boys.”

Spinella comes to BL from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania where he was a men’s assistant since 2019. He also served as an assistant at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, and was a varsity assistant and junior varsity coach at Indiana prep school powerhouse Culver Academy.

A Dickinson graduate, Spinella started his coaching career as a student assistant for Red Devils coach Alan Seretti.

“Adam has an elite understanding of the game, is a tireless worker, and most importantly does an amazing job of building relationships with his student-athletes,” Seretti said.

Doug Nicholas

Spinella is excited about the opportunity to lead Boys’ Latin basketball.

“The school’s values of grit and integrity greatly align with my own,” said Spinella, who earned a Masters in Sports Industry from Georgetown. “I can’t wait to begin working with the boys and building relationships in the community.”

Spinella replaces Nicholas, who was tapped in mid-April to replace Cliff Rees, who transitioned BL from the MIAA B Conference (won title in 2015) to the MIAA A where it was a postseason regular (reached final in 2018). Rees, who starred with future Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson on Navy’s NCAA Tournament squads of the late 1980s, coached the Lakers for nine seasons.

Nicholas, who was Lakers’ coach from 2004 to 2007, spent more than a decade as a Mount St. Joseph assistant before returning to coach at BL where he’s been a physical education teacher for the last 20 years.