Judy Spoelstra

Judy Spoelstra

Player Profile

Head Coach

10th year

Judy Spoelstra, former Oregon State women's basketball All-American and member of the Beavers' Athletic Hall of Fame, became the third women's head coach in Oregon State history when she was named to the position on June 1, 1995.

Spoelstra returned to her alma mater after a very successful tenure as head coach of the Montana State women's basketball program. In six seasons as the Bobcats' head coach, Spoelstra compiled an overall record of 98-68 and an even more impressive Big Sky Conference mark of 65-30.

Spoelstra came to Oregon State prepared to carry on a winning tradition and she guided the Beavers to a top 20 ranking during the entire 1995-96 season and 19-8 regular season record and a second place finish in the Pacific-10 Conference, plus a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

After losing four starters and a total of eight letterwinners, Spoelstra molded a very young group of players into a very competitive team in 1996-97 and finished with an 11-16 overall record and a seventh place finish in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record after being picked to finish 10th. With two weeks left in the season the Beavers were in fifth place with still a chance at an NCAA Tournament berth.

Spoelstra earned Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors following the 1999-00 season after leading her team to a 14-16 overall record and a 10-8 fifth place conference finish. With three games left in the season, the Beavers were in a four-way tie for first. OSU was the best defensive team and top rebounding team in the Pac-10.

In 2000-01, Spoelstra guided the Beavers back to the postseason for the first time since her innaugural season at the helm, with a trip to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The squad reeled off six straight victories to open the season and received national attention by gaining votes in the Associated Press and USA Today polls for the first time since 1995-96. The Beavers won five of their last six Pac-10 games to finish in a tie for sixth place in the conference standings and then hosted Brigham Young University in the opening round of the WNIT. Junior guard Felicia Ragland was named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and garnered honorable mention Kodak All-America status, OSU's first award-winner since 1996.

Spoelstra's Beavers continued to improve during the 2001-02 campaign and finished with a 17-15 overall record - their most wins since 1996. OSU posted its highest Pac-10 finish since the 1996 season, tying for fourth place with an 11-7 record. Oregon State made its second consecutive postseason appearance with a trip to the WNIT and earned its first postseason victory in six years after defeating University of Hawaii. Senior guard Felicia Ragland earned All-America status for the second consecutive season and became the first Oregon State player drafted by the WNBA when she was selected in the second round by the Seattle Storm.

A third consecutive trip to the postseason WNIT and a top-5 finish in the Pac-10 highlighted the 2002-03 campaign for Spoelstra and the Beavers. OSU matched the school record for victories in Gill Coliseum (13), rolled past a pair of top-25 teams (No. 23 Washington, No. 24 Arizona), and had a trio of players receive All-Pac-10 recognition for the second straight year, including Leilani Estavan garnering first team honors.

In 2003-04 the Beavers garnered their fourth consecutive postseason WNIT appearance and won a pair of postseason games for the first time since 1982, before falling to eventual champion Creighton University.

As a collegian, Spoelstra played two seasons at Oregon State (1981-82; 1982-83) after transferring from Washington State University where she was a two-year letterwinner. Spoelstra was named the Beavers' most valuable player both years. The highlight of her career was being named a Kodak All-American in 1983. Her junior year the Beavers won the NWIT and her senior season Oregon State went to the Sweet 16.

In addition to earning Kodak All-American first-team honors her senior year, Spoelstra was named to the Converse All-American first team, Fast Break All-American first team and was a Wade Trophy finalist.

During her senior year at OSU, Spoelstra established a season record for assists, while playing forward, with 173. The record was not broken until the 1993-94 season.

Following her graduation from Oregon State in 1983, Spoelstra launched a professional basketball career in Japan. Spoelstra served as a player/coach in the Japan Women's League from 1983-86. During her playing career in Japan, she was named to the league's all-star squad three consecutive years and was named MVP of the league in 1984.

Before coming to OSU as a coach, Spoelstra spent six seasons at Montana State University, where she led the Bobcats to five consecutive winning seasons. Her only losing campaign was her initial year at the helm when Montana State posted a 12-15 mark. Under Spoelstra, Montana State finished no worse than fourth in the Big Sky Conference.

Spoelstra guided the Bobcats to the Big Sky title in 1993 and was honored by being named the Big Sky Coach of the Year after posting a 15-1 record in league play. MSU was 22-7 in 1993 and reached the first round of the NCAA playoffs before being eliminated.

Prior to being named head coach at Montana State, Spoelstra was an assistant coach for three years at the University of Idaho from 1986-89. She was named head coach at MSU in 1989.

During her two years at Oregon State, Spoelstra, scored 801 points in 58 games for a 13.8 point per game average. In addition, she had 458 rebounds (7.9 rpg) and 244 assists. In October of 1994, Spoelstra was inducted into the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame for her achievements as a player.

Spoelstra is very well recognized in coaching circles nationally. She is a former member of the Kodak All-America selection committee, a former member of the NCAA west regional selection committee and a past member of the NCAA legislative committee. She has also published three articles in the Coaching Women's Basketball publication.

Spoelstra completed her Bachelor's of Science degree in physical education from Oregon State in 1983 and earned a Master's of Science degree in physical education from the University of Idaho in 1992.

Spoelstra fulfilled a longtime dream when she became a mother on May 22, 2003 after adopting a newborn baby boy, Evan Nytanu.

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