April 15, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Todd Kress announced Thursday the hiring of John Spinney as an assistant coach for the Seminoles. Spinney has been a longtime fixture in volleyball and has coached on the college, club, and elite levels since 1993. He also played with Kress on the University of Cincinnati’s Men’s Club Volleyball team. As an assistant at FSU, Spinney will work in large part with the setters, as well as coordinate recruiting and travel.
“I’m thrilled to have John join our staff,” said Kress, who begins his fifth season this year. “He is very knowledgeable, analytical, and technically savvy, so he will be a great addition to our program. He has a lot of expertise in setter training and breaking down game film. I think he’s a good fit in all facets of our program and I believe he will help us get to the next level.”
Spinney joins the Seminoles after a three year stint at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., where he led his squad to the 2003 Division III NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1999 season. He left Thomas More with a 59-53 record in three seasons.
In 1998, Spinney held a position under Kress at Fairfield University and helped his squad to the school’s first ever national ranking, a 35-2 record, which included a 27-game winning streak, a 14-0 mark at home and an impressive victory over national powerhouse Notre Dame. The Stags won the regular-season MAAC championship and second consecutive tournament championship. With a winning percentage of 94.6, Fairfield was ranked third nationally behind national champion Long Beach State and national runner-up Penn State.
Prior to arriving at Fairfield, Spinney had a four year stint (1993-97) at the College of Mount St. Joseph where he served as an assistant and also an interim head coach during the 1994 campaign where he coached his team to a 36-7 mark. After leaving to Fairfield in 1998, he returned for the 1999 and 2000 seasons and helped guide Mount St. Joseph to two Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Spinney has been a longtime club and elite volleyball coach in Cincinnati. Several of his former players have gone on to major Division I universities, including Clemson’s Cindy Stern who was a 1999 second-team AVCA All-American and former USPV Dream Team member, and former FSU assistant coach, Jenny Fette. He was the Coaching Director for Cincy Classics and former coach for Team Z Volleyball Club.
Spinney is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated magna cum laude from Thomas More College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a member of Mensa and currently resides in Tallahassee, Fla.