What coaching legends 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 has more than 38 years of high school and college coaching experience. He received numerous awards during his coaching career, including three state championships and twenty coach of the year honors. Spainhour's high school basketball and baseball teams collected more than 600 victories and won over 70% of their games. He worked with Leonard Hamilton on two separate occasions--at the University of Miami and at Florida State University. In 2020, Spainhour "evolved" from his coaching career to focus on his company, writing and other adventures.
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 also worked with Leonard Hamilton. During his time at Miami, he helped lead the Hurricanes to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 38 years.
During his 26 years as a head basketball coach at the high school level, he accumulated an overall record of 483-253 with 308 wins coming at West Stokes in King, NC. He was a recipient of the Governor’s Laurel Wreath Award as an Ambassador of Athletics in the State of North Carolina and in 2017 he was selected to speak at the North Carolina High School Coaches Clinic, one of only two coaches to receive the honor.
Coach Spainhour is considered to be one of the top teachers of basketball fundamentals in the country as is evident from what top coaches say about him. Coach Mike Krzyzewski had this to say about him: "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!" while Leonard Hamilton, Florida State’s basketball coach said this of Dan; "Dan Spainhour is an excellent basketball coach. He has a tremendous understanding of the game. His teaching ability makes him one of the finest coaches in the game.”
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 the editor 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.
“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