NBA Winning Coach: The Multi Cultural Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra is an NBA coach who was born to a father of Dutch and Irish descent and a Filipino mother named Elisa Celino.  Erik Spoelstra (born November 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of theNational Basketball Association‘s Miami Heat. He is the first Filipino-American head coach in the NBA, as well as the first Filipino-American head coach of any North American professional sports team.  He is also the first Asian-American head coach in the history of the four major American sports leagues.

He is the son of DutchIrish-American Jon Spoelstra, who was an NBA executive for the Portland Trail BlazersDenver Nuggets,Buffalo Braves and New Jersey Nets,[4] and the grandson of the late Watson Spoelstra, a sportswriter in the Detroit area.