Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra

About Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra (born November 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat. A Filipino-American through his mother's side, he is the first Asian American head coach in the history of the four major American sports leagues and the first Asian American head coach to win an NBA championship. From 2001 to 2008, he served as assistant coach and director of scouting for the team. He has coached the Heat to 194 regular-season wins and four playoff appearances, including trips to the 2011 and 2012 NBA Finals, in his first four seasons. Spoelstra grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended Jesuit High School in nearby Beaverton. Before his senior season, Spoelstra played in Sonny Vaccaro's Nike All-Star camp in Princeton, New Jersey, joining future NBA players Alonzo Mourning, Shawn Kemp, and Bobby Hurley in the camp.