Dutch-Irish-Filipino Erik Spoelstra is Miami Heat’s new Head Coach

erik spoelstra of miami heatOn April 28, from being the Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting, Erik Spoelstra, 37, has been elevated to Head Coach of Miami Heat following Pat Riley’s stepping down as Head Coach of the team, making Spoelstra the sixth Head Coach in franchise history.

Spoelstra started in the Miami Heat staff in 1995 as the team’s video coordinator. In 1997, he became the Assistant Coach/Video Coordinator and in 1999 promoted to Assistant Coach/Advance Scout.

Erik is from a family whose patriarchal lineage is greatly influenced by basketball. His father, Jon Spoelstra, is a long-time NBA executive who worked as a General Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers and has also worked with Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets. His grandfather, Watson, was a Detroit Tigers beat writer for many years.

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