The National ‘Head Coach’ Search Has Begun
Since SPIRE is already known for its elite men’s post grad and high school basketball programs and camps, the next logical step is to offer the same great opportunities for women. SPIRE is excited to announce that they will be introducing a women’s basketball program to their sports offerings starting in the 2022-23 school year.
Dr. Katherine Reedy, SPIRE Dean of Academics, is excited for the new program. “I am thrilled to see a women’s basketball team, especially as women’s basketball at the collegiate and professional level is gaining momentum and receiving increased press coverage. Putting an equal emphasis on women’s opportunities on campus continues to promote SPIRE as a leading academic and athletic facility with a commitment to developing all athletes and supporting them to their ‘what’s next.’”
SPIRE is one of the world’s most comprehensive academic and athletic facilities in the world, with its existing core sports programs, including basketball, swimming, track & field, esports and wrestling (plus lacrosse in 2022-23) offered on a state-of-the-art campus in northeast Ohio. The facilities include more than 750,000 square feet of space to train and compete on a 500-acre campus. For SPIRE, expanding its basketball programs to include a women’s program was the next logical step for a school with unparalleled athletic success.
“We are extremely excited about adding a women’s team to our basketball program,” explains SPIRE Director of Basketball, Jeff Javorek. “We want to offer women from all over the country and world an opportunity to come train extensively in the areas of basketball, mental skills, performance and professional development in order to best prepare them for the next level. Our team will also travel across the country to maximize their exposure to college coaches.”
SPIRE’s women’s basketball program will include training/development academy programs that will offer HS and PG competitions, as well an annual schedule of clinics, camps, leagues, tournaments and special events. The program will follow the successful 12-month, multi-program business model that other SPIRE sports are featuring.
Ted Meekma, SPIRE Co-Managing Director observes, “We have extensive experience in the sport, a fantastic basketball facility with a performance training center and coaching staff that’s second-to-none. Our college prep academic curriculum and college planning and placement services are superb. All we need now is the right Head Coach to lead this program, so our national search for this uniquely talented and experienced individual starts today!”
SPIRE will be accepting applications for the women’s basketball program starting in March 2022. Those interested in learning more can visit the SPIRE Basketball page. Stay tuned for more details on this new program and its soon-to-be-named Head Coach. But rest assured, SPIRE’s women’s teams will be building rosters of domestic and international talent to compete against some of the best teams across the country.