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As head coach:

2× NBA champion (2012, 2013) NBA All-Star Game head coach (2013)

As assistant coach:

NBA champion (2006)

Erik Jon Spoelstra (/ˈspoʊlstrə/ SPOHL-strə; born November 1, 1970)[1] is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association's Miami Heat. Of Filipino descent from his mother's side, he is the first Asian American head coach in the history of the four major North American sports leagues[2][3] and the first Asian American
Asian American
head coach to win an NBA championship.[3] From 2001 to 2008, Spoelstra served as assistant coach and director of scouting for the team.[4] Thereafter he was promoted to head coach. Prior to the 2010–11 season, team President Pat Riley
Pat Riley
assembled a superstar trio of free agents LeBron James
LeBron James
and Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh
joining Dwyane Wade. While Spoelstra was head coach, the Heat made four consecutive finals appearances including trips to the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 NBA Finals, winning the championship in both 2012 and 2013.

Contents

1 Early life 2 College career 3 Playing career 4 Miami Heat

4.1 Assistant coach 4.2 Head coach

5 Personal life 6 Sports diplomacy 7 Head coaching record 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Born in Evanston, Illinois, Spoelstra later spent his childhood in Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York
then Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
by the late 1970s.[5][6] Spoelstra attended Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Oregon, where he excelled at point guard on the basketball team.[5] He wore number 30 during high school and later in college in honor of then Trail Blazer Terry Porter, one of his favorite NBA players.[7] Before his senior year, Spoelstra participated in Sonny Vaccaro's Nike All-Star camp in Princeton, New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
alongside future NBA players Alonzo Mourning, Shawn Kemp, Billy Owens, and Bobby Hurley.[5] College career[edit] Spoelstra received basketball scholarship offers, and eventually accepted one from the University of Portland
University of Portland
in his hometown.[5] In 1989, he was named West Coast Conference freshman of the year.[8] Spoelstra was the Pilots' starting point guard for four years, averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game.[8] He is a member of the school's 1,000-point club, and is among the Pilots' career leaders in several statistical categories.[8] During a 1990 WCC Basketball
Basketball
Tournament game against Loyola Marymount, Spoelstra was on the court standing just a couple of yards away from Hank Gathers
Hank Gathers
when Gathers collapsed and later died of a heart condition.[5] Spoelstra graduated from the University of Portland
University of Portland
in 1992 with a degree in communications.[9] Playing career[edit] After graduating from the University of Portland, he was hired and spent two years as a player/assistant coach for TuS Herten, a German professional basketball club based in Westphalia, Germany.[10] It was in this setting where Spoelstra got his first coaching job, as coach of the club's local youth team.[5] He began having back problems after the end of his second year with the team, and contemplated having surgery.[11] In 1995, Spoelstra was offered another two-year contract with the club, but the NBA's Miami Heat
Miami Heat
also offered him a position. Although both offers held appeal, he chose to take the Heat position.[7] Miami Heat[edit] Assistant coach[edit] Roya Vaziri, then the director of player personnel for the Heat, convinced then general manager Dave Wohl to offer Spoelstra a position with the team.[12] Spoelstra was hired as the Heat's video coordinator in 1995, although at first he was not promised the position past the summer of that year.[7] Pat Riley
Pat Riley
was named the Heat's head coach not long after Spoelstra's hiring. Erik's father, Jon Spoelstra, said, "Contractually, Riley wasn’t allowed to bring in his video guy, otherwise, Erik would have been out of a job right then."[11] After two years as video coordinator, he then served two years as an assistant coach/video coordinator. Spoelstra was promoted to assistant coach/advance scout in 1999, and later became the Heat's assistant coach/director of scouting in 2001.[4] Many of Spoelstra's colleagues attribute his ascent in the Heat coaching ranks to his strong work ethic.[5][12] As an assistant coach, he was credited for improving Heat star shooting guard Dwyane Wade's balance and jump shot after Wade's return from the 2004 Summer Olympics.[3] Spoelstra won his first NBA championship as an assistant coach when the Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
in the 2006 NBA Finals. Head coach[edit]

Spoelstra presents President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
a team trophy in January 2014.[13]

In April 2008, Spoelstra became the head coach of the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
after Pat Riley's decision to step down. Spoelstra was Riley's hand-picked successor.[14] In naming Spoelstra as head coach, Riley said: "This game is now about younger coaches who are technologically skilled, innovative, and bring fresh new ideas. That's what we feel we are getting with Erik Spoelstra. He's a man that was born to coach."[4] Spoelstra became the first ever Asian American
Asian American
NBA head coach, and the first Asian American
Asian American
head coach in the history of the four major North American sports leagues.[3] He led the Heat to the NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
in his first year as head coach, despite the team's league worst record of 15-67 the previous season.[15] The Heat, however, were defeated in seven games by the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
in the first round. Spoelstra's team once again reached the postseason the following season, but again lost in the first round to the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
in five games.[15] Expectations of the team's success were raised significantly for the next season and beyond, after the free agent acquisitions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh
in the summer of 2010. After the team started off the 2010–11 season with a 9–8 record, some Heat players reportedly were "frustrated" with Spoelstra, and questioned if he should remain their head coach.[16] Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh
intimated that the team was being worked too hard and that the players would rather "chill".[17] LeBron James famously bumped into Spoelstra on his way to the bench during a timeout in a game.[18] These two issues, coupled with the relatively poor start to the season, put Spoelstra on the coaching hot seat. The team bounced-back, however, and made the playoffs while posting the second best record in the Eastern Conference. Spoelstra led the Heat to an appearance in the 2011 NBA Finals, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. After Spoelstra failed to win a championship during his first season as head coach of the "big three", Heat executive Pat Riley
Pat Riley
was asked if he would consider returning to coach the team.[19] Riley, however, turned down the idea and supported Spoelstra as the head coach going forward.[19] Spoelstra received a $6 million contract extension in December 2011 which lasted through the 2013–14 NBA season.[20] The following season Spoelstra again guided the team to the postseason as the two seed. The Heat overcame a 2–1 game deficit against the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, and a 3–2 game deficit against the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
in the Eastern Conference finals to reach the 2012 NBA Finals
2012 NBA Finals
despite an injury to starter Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh
that forced him to miss nine straight games.[21] Spoelstra's Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
in five games to win the NBA championship. He became the first Asian American
Asian American
head coach to win an NBA championship,[3] and the second Heat head coach to win the title. He also became the only Miami Heat
Miami Heat
head coach to take the team to the NBA Finals multiple times. During the 2012–13 season, Spoelstra was selected as head coach of the 2013 Eastern Conference All-Stars in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, with the Heat holding the best record in the Eastern Conference at the time of selection. He later coached the Heat to a 27-game winning streak (second longest in NBA history). It started with a 100–85 win over the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
on February 3, 2013, and ended with a 97–101 loss to the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
on March 27, 2013. The team made the playoffs as the one seed while posting the best overall NBA regular season record. After sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
in the first round, the Heat won a seven-game series with the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
in the Eastern Conference Finals, and advanced to face the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals. The Heat defeated the Spurs in seven games and became the first team to win two straight titles since the 2009–2010 Los Angeles Lakers. Spoelstra also became the eighth coach to lead his team to two straight championships. On September 29, 2013, the Heat extended Spoelstra's contract to an undisclosed multi-year deal. Details were not released, but Spoelstra was expected to receive a pay raise and a bigger role in the front office. Spoelstra led the Heat to the 2014 NBA Finals, becoming the third coach to lead his team to four straight Finals. The Heat faced the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
once again, only this time losing the series in five games.[22][23]. On December 16, 2017, Spoelstra got his 455th win as the head coach of the Heat and passed Riley for most wins in franchise history, when they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 90–85.[24] Personal life[edit] Spoelstra is the only son and the younger of two children of Jon Spoelstra and Elisa Celino.[7][25] Jon is Dutch-Irish-American and a former NBA executive of the Buffalo Braves, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, and New Jersey Nets.[4][26] Elisa, is a native of San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines.[27] Spoelstra is also the grandson of Watson Spoelstra, a long-time sportswriter for The Detroit News.[11] On September 17, 2015, Spoelstra announced his engagement to former Miami Heat
Miami Heat
cheerleader, Nikki Sapp.[28] They married on July 22, 2016. Sports diplomacy[edit] Spoelstra has also been an active participant in the SportsUnited Sports Envoy program for the U.S. Department of State. In this function, the Filipino-American coach has traveled to the Philippines two times between 2009 and 2014, where he worked with Derrick Alston, Alison Feaster, David Fizdale, and Sue Wicks
Sue Wicks
to conduct basketball clinics and events that reached more than 375 youth from underserved areas. In so doing, Spoelstra helped contribute to SportsUnited's mission to advance the status of women and girls around the world.[29][30][31] Head coaching record[edit]

Legend

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result

Miami 2008–09 82 43 39 .524 3rd in Southeast 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round

Miami 2009–10 82 47 35 .573 3rd in Southeast 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round

Miami 2010–11 82 58 24 .707 1st in Southeast 21 14 7 .667 Lost in NBA Finals

Miami 2011–12 66 46 20 .697 1st in Southeast 23 16 7 .696 Won NBA Championship

Miami 2012–13 82 66 16 .805 1st in Southeast 23 16 7 .696 Won NBA Championship

Miami 2013–14 82 54 28 .659 1st in Southeast 20 13 7 .650 Lost in NBA Finals

Miami 2014–15 82 37 45 .451 3rd in Southeast — — — — Missed playoffs

Miami 2015–16 82 48 34 .585 1st in Southeast 14 7 7 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals

Miami 2016–17 82 41 41 .500 3rd in Southeast — — — — Missed playoffs

Career 722 440 282 .609

113 70 43 .619

See also[edit]

National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
portal

References[edit]

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Erik Spoelstra
Impressed By Jeremy Lin". ESPN. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2013.  ^ a b c d e Medina, Andrei (June 22, 2012). "Fil-Am Coach Erik Spoelstra Steers Heat to Historic NBA Win". GMA News. Retrieved June 27, 2013.  ^ a b c d "Riley Steps Down, Spoelstra Named Head Coach". NBA.com. April 28, 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013.  ^ a b c d e f g Arnovitz, Kevin (June 1, 2011). "The Mystery Guest Has Arrived". ESPN. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013.  ^ Eggers, Kerry (May 8, 2008). " Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra
can take the heat". Portland Tribune. Retrieved September 9, 2013.  ^ a b c d Martin, Jeffrey (May 15, 2013). "Long Before Miami, Spoelstra's Work Ethic Known". USA Today. Retrieved June 26, 2013.  ^ a b c "Former UP Standout Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra
Leads Miami Heat
Miami Heat
to NBA Title". Portland Pilots. June 22, 2012. Archived from the original on May 21, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2013.  ^ Vicera, Nick (January 11, 2007). "Erik Spoelstra: He Puts the Heat On". Filipinas. Archived from the original on May 21, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2013.  ^ "NBA Finals 2013: Is Miami Heat
Miami Heat
Coach Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra
Latino? The Answer Is Revealed Here". Latinospost.com. June 16, 2013. Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2013.  ^ a b c Abrams, Jonathan (May 28, 2011). "Spoelstra Raised to Be in N.B.A., and Rising to Challenge". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2013.  ^ a b Benjamin, Amalie (June 3, 2012). "On the Hot Seat, Erik Spoelstra Has Stayed Cool for Miami Heat". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on June 7, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2013.  ^ Megan Slack; Zara Rahim (January 14, 2014). "President Obama Welcomes the 2013 NBA Champions the Miami Heat". The White House. Archived from the original on January 15, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014.  ^ "Heat Give Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra
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Erik Spoelstra
is Captaining the Big Three". SB Nation. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2013.  ^ Isola, Frank (November 29, 2010). " LeBron James
LeBron James
Leading Mutiny Against Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra
as 'Big Three' Play Small With Miami Heat". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2013.  ^ "Quote of the Night: Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh
wants to chill". Retrieved 2015-08-27.  ^ "LeBron James, Spoelstra downplay bump in the night". Retrieved 2015-08-27.  ^ a b Wallace, Michael (June 21, 2011). " Pat Riley
Pat Riley
Won't Coach, Heat Will Contend". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 21, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2013.  ^ Windhorst, Brian (December 17, 2011). " Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra
Gets New Contract". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 21, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2013.  ^ Goodman, Joseph (June 10, 2012). " Miami Heat
Miami Heat
Defeats Boston Celtics in Game 7, Advances to NBA Finals". The Miami Herald. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2013.  ^ "Heat extend coach Erik Spoelstra". ESPN.com. September 29, 2013. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2013.  ^ Michael Wallace (September 29, 2013). "What Spoelstra extension means for LeBron". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013.  ^ "Richardson has 28 points to lead Heat past Clippers". Sportsnet.ca. December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2017.  ^ Henson, Joaquin (August 27, 2011). "Spoelstra, Sis Back Next Year?". Philstar.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2013.  ^ Robertson, Linda (June 16, 2013). " Miami Heat
Miami Heat
Coach Erik Spoelstra Learned Valuable Lessons From His Father". The Miami Herald. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2013.  ^ "Spoelstra First Filipino NBA Head Coach". Inquirer.net. May 3, 2008. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2013.  ^ "Heat coach slyly announces engagement to former dancer". September 17, 2015.  ^ "Day 5 of 6: WHO IS THIS NBA ICON? Miami... – U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines
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External links[edit]

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Official website Rafe Bartholomew, "Spoelstra in the Philippines", Grantland.com, September 28, 2011. Kevin Arnovitz, "The book on Erik Spoelstra", ESPN.com, May 30, 2012.

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