“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
The Harry Potter Series. When I was a kid I wanted to be a wizard.
Best memory in sports?
My best memory in sports is our state championship game in 1996. We won in O.T. to give Florida Christian their first and only state championship in basketball.
Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
A celebrity I often get mistaken for Robert England. He is the guy who plays Freddy Kruger in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. We really do look alike. IT’S SCARY!!
One thing you would like to change:
I would love to change the culture of American sports. It has been corrupted by the need to win so much that many kids’ lives are affected and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find kids who are willing to put the work and effort in to achieve something.
My favorite possession is my 2009 State Championship Ring, not just because my team won the Championship, but for what it stands for!!! Accomplishment, completion of a task, culmination, sacrifice, satisfaction and pride are all words associated with getting a championship ring. It is a symbol. I wear it at the beginning of every school year, not for the bling effect, but for a sign to my students and players. If you believe in yourself and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it then anything is attainable!
A celebrity you get mistaken for?
A celebrity I often get mistaken for is Aaron Rodgers. Whenever I go to restaurants people come up to me and ask if I play football and if my name is Aaron. It is pretty amusing.
My favorite quote is “Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail.” – John Wooden
Best memory in sports?
My best memories in sports are winning a championship at every level of basketball, the high school level, college level, and professional level.
My pet peeve is laziness and complaining. In order to be successful at anything you desire you must work hard. Laziness and complaining will not get you very far in life.
A brand that you admire?
Nike. Although all of their designs don’t always stick in the market place, they’re continually attempting to be innovators. They are always leading and never following. Their products are always of the highest quality, you never have to worry about something not being up to quality standards.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
If I could witness any event, the first that comes to mind would have to be the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Best memory in sports?
My favorite memory in sports is my first varsity basketball game when I was in the 8th grade. I remember being super nervous before the game because my coach told me that I was starting. I didn’t want to mess up or make any mistakes. I ended up doing pretty well and we won the game.
Favorite book or movie?
My favorite book/movie is Moneyball. The Oakland Athletics are my favorite professional baseball team, but this story is much more about baseball. Billy Beane had to conform to building a contender in a small market and challenged everyone else by doing something that eluded conventional wisdom. He has completely changed the way teams evaluate players and has been an innovator in the sports world. It is a great story and hopefully Billy Beane can reach the pinnacle of a World Championship.
An influential person in your career?
The most influential person in my career is my sister, because she taught me hope. Hope to do what I love, hope to achieve my dreams, hope to be the man that I strive to be everyday. She has instilled many great characteristics in me such as courage, passion, and drive. Those are characteristics that have helped to get me where I am today, that will help me progress in my future, and that will stay with me for a lifetime. I am forever grateful for the things that she has taught me and for the things that she has done for me.
Favorite Sport Memory?
My favorite sport memory is when I was inducted into my high school’s Hall of Fame.
ESBA had a tremendous opportunity to partner with Breakthrough Miami last month at Miami Country Day School. On December 13th, Coach Spoelstra and ESBA coaches hosted 50+ students and ran them through a comprehensive skills workout focusing on the fundamentals of basketball. Breakthrough Miami provides an academic enrichment program that uses a students-teaching-students model to ensure that motivated, under-resourced middle-school students have access to high school opportunities, graduate from high school on time, and attend college. For more information about Breakthrough Miami please visit http://www.breakthroughmiami.org/.
The Erik Spoelstra Basketball Academy is changing the way youth basketball is taught in South Florida. Our innovative basketball development organization provides a structured, positive and fun environment for boys and girls to improve their individual skills while learning the values of teamwork. Our goal is to improve the culture of youth basketball by emphasizing advanced technical fundamentals, leadership development, and sportsmanship. Our community’s most respected basketball coaches and leaders guide and mentor our year-round training programs and select teams. The ultimate vision is to help academy members develop their skills and basketball intelligence to become well-rounded players, outstanding teammates and positive influences in the community.