Who Are Elisa Celino And Jon Spoelstra? Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra Parents

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Elisa Celion And Jon Spoelstra are the parents of Erik Spoelstra, who is the head coach for the Miami Heat of the NBA. 

Erik was interested in basketball from a young age which led him to play the sport during his college years at the University of Portland, where he made the varsity team as a point guard.

Despite not being able to make it to the NBA, he played professionally in Germany and also coached for some time.

However, due to back problems, he had to stop playing the sport actively and shifted his focus to coaching.

From a young age, he was more interested in watching and analyzing the game than actually playing one.

Over time, he became an expert in the intricacies of the game, which benefited him in his basketball coaching career.

Following his path, Erik was hired as the Miami Heat’s video coordinator in 1995.

Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra Early In His Career (Source: Instagram)

In 1999, Spoelstra became assistant coach and later became the Heat’s assistant coach/director of scouting in 2001.

In the 2006 NBA Finals, Spoelstra won his first NBA championship as an assistant coach against the Dallas Mavericks.

After 2 years, Erik became the head coach of the Miami Heat after Pat Riley’s decision to step down.

Erik Spoelstra Parents: Elisa Celino And Jon Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra was born on November 1, 1970, in Evanston, Evanston, Illinois, to his parents, Elisa Celino And Jon Spoelstra.

Jon, like his son, is also a former Executive for various NBA teams such as the Buffalo Braves, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, and New Jersey Nets.

Likewise, he is also the co-founder of SRO Partners and currently serves as the president of Mandalay Sports Entertainment.

Although Jon was one of the most creative and successful sports marketers, he was also a popular writer of mystery and thriller novels.

Throughout his career, he wrote a series of thriller books which also became a best seller.

Erik Spoelstra And His Family
Erik Spoelstra And His Family (Source: Instagram)

Likewise, Erik’s Mother, Elisa Celino, was born in San Pablo City, Philippines, and holds a Philipian nationality.

She is a former professor at Marawi State University and a graduate of the University of the Philippines.

Erik grew up with his sister, Monica Spoelstra, who is older than him. She is a nutritionist and lifestyle expert.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she is currently working as Director of content in Lawrence Public Relations.

Erik Spoelstra Wife And Kids

Erik got married on July 22, 2016, to former Miami Heat cheerleader Nikki Sapp.

After 2 years, the couple had their first son, Santiago, in 2018 and their second son, Dante, in December 2019. 

They eventually welcomed their third child and the first daughter, Ruby, on September 26, 2022. 

Erik With His Wife And Kids
Erik With His Wife And Kids (Source: Instagram)

Erik’s wife, Nikki Sapp, was born on March 22, 1987, in Florida and is half Puerto Rican.

While she may be most known as the wife of two-time NBA champion coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat, as well as being a former dancer of the team.

Nowadays, Nikki Spoelstra hosts her own podcast show named “The Know with Nikki Spo.” The podcast covers topics such as mental health, fashion, beauty, and more.

Chanda Rai
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