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Going into his 33rd season as head coach of the ASU gymnastics program, John Spini has sent his Sun Devil teams to 21 NCAA Championships and has had at least one Sun Devil represent ASU at the NCAA Championships 26 out of 32 seasons. With 33 years at the helm of the Sun Devil gymnastics program, Spini is now the longest tenured head coach in Arizona State history, surpassing former women's tennis coach, Anne Pittman who was here for 31 seasons. Spini has coached 27 All-Americans for a total of 81 All-American accolades. Six women have won individual NCAA titles under Spini. Additionally, nine of Spini's Sun Devil squads have finished in the top five at the NCAA Championships, including four teams (1983, 1985, 1986, 1997) who were runner-up.
A four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Spini's athletes have achieved a total of 27 perfect 10.0 in his career. He has had win streaks of 15 (22 opponents), 16 (28 opponents) and 25 (39 opponents) in his career. As ASU's head coach, he carries a 341-186-2 record.
As impressive as the ASU women's gymnastics team has been athletically, the argument can be made that Spini's athletes have reached greater heights academically. Since the Pacific-10 Conference began handing out All-Academic team awards in 1992, ASU has received 77 academic honors with 32 of those being first-team accolades.
A prominent coach on the national scale, Spini has been a U.S. national team coach at the World University Games and a member of the NCAA Gymnastics Committee. In 2010, he was named to the USAG Arizona Hall of Fame. Prior to entering the collegiate ranks, he spent six years coaching the Arizona Twisters Gymnastics Club in Mesa, Ariz., where he led a team including future Sun Devil greats Jeri Cameron and Pam Godward to a National Championship Class I title in 1976.
A Phoenix, Ariz., native, Spini received his bachelor's degree in physical education from ASU in 1976. Before attending ASU, he was a student at Odessa (Texas) Junior College, where he served as an assistant coach for the NJCAA Champion men's gymnastics team. Spini and his wife Lisa have one daughter, Shilo.
341-186-2 overall record, 4-time NCAA runner-ups, 9 top-5 finishes, 19 top-10 finishes
|Arizona State & John Spini|
|Individual NCAA Champions Under Spini|
|Jackie Brummer||1986||AA, BB|
|10 NCAA Individual Titles, 6 Athletes, 1 AA, 1 V, 2 UB, 4 BB, 2 FX|