Friday, September 29, 2017

Meet Our Founder, Dan Spainhour

Dan Spainhour has more than 34 years of high school and college coaching experience. He has received numerous awards during his coaching career, including three state championships and eighteen coach of the year honors. His teams have collected more than 500 victories and has won nearly 70% of his games. In 2008, Spainhour returned to high school coaching after serving as the director of basketball operations for Florida State University.

At Florida State, Spainhour was involved in all phases of the day-to-day operations of the men's basketball office. He handled the on-campus recruiting, recruiting mailings, office and team fiscal matters, team travel, academic development, dining and housing contracts and served as the director of the annual Leonard Hamilton basketball camp for boys. He helped led the Seminoles to the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament in 2005. He also coached at the University of Miami where he worked under current Florida State coach, Leonard Hamilton. During his time at Miami he helped lead the Hurricanes to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 38 years. In 2012, Spainhour led his team to the sectional championship, prestigious Frank Spencer Tournament championship and was named the coach of the year marking the 16th time in his career he has received such an honor.

Spainhour also has experience as Athletic Director having served in that capacity at West Stokes and Bishop McGuinness High School. As Athletic Director of West Stokes High School he managed 32 athletic teams including scheduling, budgeting, hiring of staff, travel arrangements, academic enforcement and facilities coordinator. He also organized, directed and established funding and sponsorship for the formation of a new high school athletic program.

Spainhour was the founder of Educational Coaching & Business Communications, a company that later merged with The Leadership Publishing Team. He is curator of The Coaching and Leadership Journals as well as the author of several coaching, leadership and motivational books. He is a recipient of the Governor's Laurel Wreath Award as an Ambassador of Athletics in the State of North Carolina. Spainhour earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from High Point College and his Master's Degree in sports administration from the University of Miami.

What Others Say About Dan Spainhour
           
It is a privilege to endorse Dan Spainhour’s coaching and teaching ability. I have found him to not only be extremely knowledgeable about the game but he also has an amazing way of communicating with youngsters. It is a great combination!
--Mike Krzyzewski, Head Coach Duke University 


                           
Dan Spainhour is an organized, intelligent and savvy basketball person who has the ability to communicate the game to his players in a succinct way for them to be able to absorb the information. He has a tremendous understanding of the game. His teaching ability makes him one of the finest coaches in the game.
--Leonard Hamilton, Head Coach Florida State University 

Dan Spainhour is a terrific coach and educator. I had the pleasure of working several years with him, and I know that his knowledge and enthusiasm are first-rate.
--Tommy Amaker, Head Coach Harvard University
           



Dan Spainhour is someone I've known for many, many years. His teaching ability, his care for young people and his passion for the game of basketball make him a special coach.
--Jerry Wainwright, Associate Head Coach Fresno State University





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