Washington native Judy Spoelstra enters her second season as an assistant coach for the Husky women's basketball program in 2009-10.
No stranger to the Pac-10, Spoelstra returned to the collegiate coaching ranks last year for the first time since wrapping up a 10-year tenure as the head coach at Oregon State in 2005. While in Corvallis, she was tabbed 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
"With the addition of Coach Spoelstra to our existing coaching staff of Fred Applin and Loree Payne, there is absolutely no doubt that we have one of the most experienced and accomplished coaching staffs in the nation," UW head coach Tia Jackson said.
"Judy Spoelstra is a tremendous hire for us. I'm very excited to work with her after having the opportunity of seeing her in action during my previous years in the Pac-10. We have nothing but the deepest respect for her ability as a coach. She is a trusted and loyal colleague who brings many years of experience. Her willingness to work hard, with the intent of helping us reach the next level, is special to this program. We are very excited to have her join our basketball family."
Spoelstra brings a 16-year head coaching resume to Montlake that includes a 10-year tenure at Oregon State (1995-2005) and before that a six-year stint at Montana State (1989-95).
While in Corvallis she led the Beavers to one NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996 and four consecutive WNIT trips from 2001-04. She compiled an overall record of 133-158 at OSU and was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2000.
"It is an honor and a tremendous opportunity to work for a university that I have held in high regard since growing up in Everett," Spoelstra said at the time of her hiring. "I have known Tia for many years and have admired her work ethic as a recruiter. When I sat down and listened to her vision for UW, I was impressed with how clear her ideals were, her systematic approach to building a program and her positive demeanor. I am thrilled to be working with her and assisting her in realizing the full potential of this program."
As a head coach at Montana State, Spoelstra compiled an overall record of 98-68, leading the Bobcats to four conference tournament berths and the 1993 conference title. She was also named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in 1993. Spoelstra served as an assistant coach at the University of Idaho for three seasons before taking on her first head coaching position at Montana State.
From 2005-07, Spoelstra served as the assistant girls' basketball coach at La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, Calif., where she helped lead the hoops squad to back-to-back CIF Southern Section Division titles. Previous La Jolla Country Day products have included former Stanford All-American Candice Wiggins, Oregon State's Mercedes Fox-Griffin and Arizona State's Janae Fulcher.
Spoelstra also substitute taught at La Jolla Country Day and worked in private business in the San Diego area for two years, in addition to serving as a scout for the WNBA's New York Liberty.
Spolestra had a standout playing career as a two-year letterwinner for Oregon State during the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. She was a second-team Kodak All-American and first-team All-NorPac selection in 1983. Also a Wade Trophy finalist and a member of the Oregon State Athletic Hall of Fame, Spoelstra helped the Beavers to a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 1983 and a WNIT title in 1982. She played her first two collegiate seasons at Washington State before transferring to OSU.
Spoelstra earned 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 Idaho in 1992.
After her collegiate playing career, Spoelstra served as a player/coach in the Japan Women's League from 1983-86. She earned all-league honors three times and was MVP in 1984.
Spoelstra is a 1978 graduate of Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee, Wash. She also lived in Everett and Marysville until the age of 13. Spoelstra has a five-year old son, Evan.