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John Spini
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 34 Years


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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.

Arizona State & John Spini
YearDualConf.Reg.NCAA
198119-43rd3rd5th
198210-31st3rd5th
198320-11st1st2nd
198417-32nd2nd4th
198520-21st2nd2nd
198618-11st2nd2nd
198711-74th1st5th
198813-72nd2nd8th
19897-143rdt-3rdt-7th
19908-6-13rd5thdnq
199114-84th4tht-9th
199210-54th3rd7th
199312-24th3rd12th
199413-43rd3rd10th
199510-42nd4thdnq
19968-42nd5thdnq
19978-46th2nd2nd
199820-24th3rd6th
199910-53rd2nd4th
200013-44th3rddnq
200110-55th2nd9th
20028-5-16th3rddnq
200310-43rd2nd9th
200410-6T-4th2nd9th
20056-86th5thdnq
200611-44th1st9th
20073-126th5thdnq
20084-117th6thdnq
20094-76th5thdnq
20102-117th5thdnq
20114-57thdnqdnq
20128-176th4thdnq
341-186-2 overall record, 4-time NCAA runner-ups, 9 top-5 finishes, 19 top-10 finishes
Individual NCAA Champions Under Spini
NameYearEvent
Kim Neal1983FX
Jeri Cameron1983UB
Jackie Brummer1984UB
Lisa Zeis1985BB
Jackie Brummer1986AA, BB
Kim Neal1986V
Lisa Zeis1986FX
Elizabeth Reid1997BB
Ashley Kelly2004BB
10 NCAA Individual Titles, 6 Athletes, 1 AA, 1 V, 2 UB, 4 BB, 2 FX
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