Jim Molinari

Jim Molinari (born December 26, 1954)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Boston College Eagles (Head coach: Earl Grant)
Current conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Teams coached: Northern Illinois Huskies, Bradley Braves, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Western Illinois Leathernecks
Northern Illinois record: 42-17 (.712)
Bradley record: 174-152 (.534)
Minnesota record: 7-17 (.292)
Western Illinois record: 79-104 (.432)
Overall record: 302-290 (.510)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Boston College (asst)
2019-2021 Oklahoma (asst)
2014-2019 Nebraska (asst)
2008-2014 Western Illinois
2007-2008 Ball State (asst)
2006-2007 Minnesota (interim HC)
2004-2006 Minnesota (asst)
1991-2002 Bradley
1989-1991 Northern Illinois
1979-1989 DePaul (asst)

Jim Molinari Facts

  • James R. Molinari
  • Born December 26, 1954
  • Hometown: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Illinois Wesleyan University (BA, 1977) / DePaul University (JD, 1980)
  • Graduated from Glenbard West HS (IL) and played two seasons for Jack Hartman at Kansas State T
    • Transferred to Illinois Wesleyan to finish his degree and playing career
  • Started as a part-time assistant at DePaul in 1978, going full-time a year later; Molinari earned his law degree from DePaul in 1980 and passed the Illinois BAR Exam
  • Spent ten seasons as an assistant at DePaul, five under Hall of Famer Ray Meyer and five more under his son, Joey Meyer
  • Spent two years as the head coach at Northern Illinois, winning a conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1991 before leaving for the same position at Bradley
  • Won 174 games and went to the postseason 6 times (5 NIT, 1 NCAA) in ten years at Bradley
  • Took an assistant job in 2004 at Minnesota under Dan Monson, eventually taking over as interim head coach for the majority of the 2006-07 season after Monson’s resignation
  • After one season at Ball State under Billy Taylor, Molinari was hired in 2008 to coach the Western Illinois Leathernecks
  • Spent five seasons as an assistant on Tim Miles‘ staff at Nebraska from 2014-2019
  • Hired by Lon Kruger at Oklahoma in April 2019 and spent two seasons as an assistant coach until Kruger’s retirement in 2021
  • Molinari then joined new Boston College head coach Earl Grant‘s first staff as an assistant in April 2021
  • Along with his former wife, Carol, has four children

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