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John Spini
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 34 Years

In his 34 seasons as head coach of the Arizona State gymnastics program, John Spini 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 34 seasons.

With his 34 years at the helm of the Sun Devil gymnastics program, Spini is the longest tenured head coach in Arizona State history, surpassing former women's tennis coach, Anne Pittman who was here for 31 seasons.

Spini 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 were awarded a total of 27 perfect 10.0 in his career. He 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 359-235-2 record.

A prominent coach on the national scale, Spini was 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
Year Dual Conf. Reg. NCAA
1981 19-4 3rd 3rd 5th
1982 10-3 1st 3rd 5th
1983 20-1 1st 1st 2nd
1984 17-3 2nd 2nd 4th
1985 20-2 1st 2nd 2nd
1986 18-1 1st 2nd 2nd
1987 11-7 4th 1st 5th
1988 13-7 2nd 2nd 8th
1989 7-14 3rd t-3rd t-7th
1990 8-6-1 3rd 5th dnq
1991 14-8 4th 4th t-9th
1992 10-5 4th 3rd 7th
1993 12-2 4th 3rd 12th
1994 13-4 3rd 3rd 10th
1995 10-4 2nd 4th dnq
1996 8-4 2nd 5th dnq
1997 8-4 6th 2nd 2nd
1998 20-2 4th 3rd 6th
1999 10-5 3rd 2nd 4th
2000 13-4 4th 3rd dnq
2001 10-5 5th 2nd 9th
2002 8-5-1 6th 3rd dnq
2003 10-4 3rd 2nd 9th
2004 10-6 T-4th 2nd 9th
2005 6-8 6th 5th dnq
2006 11-4 4th 1st 9th
2007 3-12 6th 5th dnq
2008 4-11 7th 6th dnq
2009 4-7 6th 5th dnq
2010 2-11 7th 5th dnq
2011 4-5 7th dnq dnq
2012 8-17 6th 4th dnq
2013 7-17 8th 3rd dnq
2014 11-15 7th 4th dnq

359-235-2 overall record, 4-time NCAA runner-ups, 9 top-5 finishes, 19 top-10 finishes

Individual NCAA Champions Under Spini
Name Year Event
Kim Neal 1983 FX
Jeri Cameron 1983 UB
Jackie Brummer 1984 UB
Lisa Zeis 1985 BB
Jackie Brummer 1986 AA, BB
Kim Neal 1986 V
Lisa Zeis 1986 FX
Elizabeth Reid 1997 BB
Ashley Kelly 2004 BB
10 NCAA Individual Titles, 6 Athletes, 1 AA, 1 V, 2 UB, 4 BB, 2 FX
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