One of the most successful coaches in the history of Division II basketball, Stan Spirou enters his 32nd season as head coach at Southern New Hampshire University in 2016-17. Spirou is the 15th-longest tenured active head coach in Division II.
Spirou guided the Penmen to their second Northeast-10 title in 2015-16, as the team went 23-11 and earned its 19th NCAA Tournament berth. Spirou helped the squad capture back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2003-04 and 2004-05, en route to advancing to the NCAA East Region semifinals. The Penmen made some history along the way, becoming the first team in the division-era ever to knock both No. 1 seeds out of the Northeast-10 Championship, in addition to being the second team to win four games in a single NE-10 postseason, with three of those coming on the road. SNHU then became the first 8-seed ever to topple a No. 1 seed in the East Regional with an 88-80 win against host Holy Family University, giving it four straight road wins in the postseason – all coming against top-five teams in the region. Finally, the Penmen bowed out in the semifinal round with a heart-breaking 75-74 overtime loss to Stonehill College. A win would have put Southern New Hampshire in the regional final in back-to-back years for the first time since 1994 and 1995. Spirou collected win No. 600 of his career with an 88-82 Northeast-10 Championship first round win against American International College on Feb. 26.
In 2014-15, Spirou and the Penmen returned to regional and national prominence, posting a 24-8 record, capturing the NCAA East Region title and advancing to the Elite Eight for the fifth time in Spirou's tenure and seventh time in program history. Spirou garnered Northeast-10 Coach of the Year honors as the Penmen claimed the league's Northeast Division regular season title and advanced to the conference semifinal.
In 2013-14, Spirou passed longtime University of Bridgeport head coach Bruce Webster (549-405 from 1965-99) for the most victories among New England Division II head coaches. The winningest coach in the history of Penmen basketball as well as the winningest coach in New Hampshire history, Spirou owns a 581-309 career record and his winning percentage of .653 ranks among the active Division II leaders. He has recorded 15 20-win seasons and is one of only 13 active Division II coaches with at least 500 career victories. His 581 wins place him second among active Northeast-10 coaches.
The 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1999 New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year, Spirou has averaged an impressive 19.3 wins per season and has led the program to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, five NCAA Regional titles and six NECC Tournament championships. In addition, he was named the 1994 national Coach of the Year by Division II Bulletin. Spirou's teams have finished at .500 or better 24 times in 30 seasons.
In 2012-13, Spirou guided the Penmen to their first-ever Northeast-10 tournament title and the seventh conference title SNHU has won during Spirou's tenure. Under his tutelage, the Penmen won six New England Collegiate Conference titles (1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999).
From 1992 to 1995 Spirou guided SNHU to an impressive 84-15 record and three-straight appearances in the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament. Also during that span, SNHU became the first team in the history of the NECC to capture three-straight league tournament titles.
Well respected throughout New England, Spirou served as President of the New England Basketball Coaches Association from 1994 to 1996.
Spirou was named head coach at SNHU on July 2, 1985 and led the Penmen to a 24-7 mark in his rookie season. A year later he would earn New England Division II Coach of the Year honors after piloting SNHU to a 24-8 record and a NCAA Regional title.
Success has been the common denominator wherever Spirou has coached, first while building Manchester Central High School into a state power, and later as an assistant coach at SNHU under Tom Sullivan. Spirou compiled a four-year record of 80-22 at Central and led the Little Green to a pair of Class L state titles in 1979 and 1981 before joining Sullivan's staff in 1982. He was inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame on September 25, 1998.
He earned a basketball scholarship to Keene State College, where he lettered two years for the Owls. He received his bachelor's degree in history from KSC in 1974 and later earned a master's degree in school administration from Antioch University in 1979.
An avid golfer, Spirou is also involved in numerous activities in the Manchester community. He is the director of the popular New Hampshire All-Star Basketball Camp which runs every summer at SNHU, and has also served as an honorary coach of the New Hampshire Special Olympics team. In addition, he holds free basketball clinics in his native country of Greece every summer.
A resident of Manchester, he was inducted into the Queen City Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also named to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in October, 2009 and was inducted into the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame in July, 2011. He and his wife Patricia, a marketing professor in the University's School of Business, have three children. Twin daughters Kelly and Christina are graduates of the University of New Hampshire, while Chuck is a graduate of SNHU.