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Associate Professor of Physical Education (1987)
Assistant Director of Athletics
- B.A., Dickinson College
- M.S.S., United States Sports Academy
Office: Johnston Hall
Areas of Research and/or Expertise
Physical education, sports administration, basketball.
Entering her 22nd season as Moravian head coach, Mary Beth Spirk is one of the most successful coaches in the nation. With a 388-188 record (.673 winning percentage), she ranks 28th among active coaches in victories, 36th among all Division III coaches in victories and 45th among all Division III coaches in career winning percentage.
Her career has seen Moravian develop into one of the nation's premier women's basketball powers. Spirk has directed the Greyhounds to seven Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast crowns, four NCAA Division III Tournament bids, three NCAA "Sweet 16" appearances, three MAC South titles, a pair of MAC crowns and a spot in the 1992 NCAA championship game.
The 1992 season saw the Greyhounds enjoy the most successful season the College has ever experienced. Their 31-2 campaign culminated in hosting the Final Four, where Moravian lost the national championship game, 79-75 to Alma. Spirk's efforts that year netted her the Women's Basketball Coaches Association national Coach of the Year award, as well as MAC and Mid-Atlantic Region honors (both for the third straight year).
The Spirk era has also seen Moravian establish dominance at Johnston Hall. Over the last 16 years, the Greyhounds have lost just 49 games, with 41 of those setbacks coming in the regular season.
Spirk, who was the Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year in 2003-04 and 2004-05, as well as the inaugural Landmark Conference Coach of the Year in 2007-08, also spent six years as Moravian's softball coach, becoming the program's winningest coach and directing the Greyhounds to a share of the 1993 MAC Southeast title. Spirk has been the Conference Coach of the Year seven times. Since 1993, she worked as Athletics Recruiting Coordinator and was promoted to assistant athletics director since 2001.
A 1981 graduate of Dickinson, where she was an all-conference softball player, Mary Beth is an associate professor of physical education, and she serves as advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Before taking over the Greyhound program, she worked as supervisor at the Wiley Diagnostic Center and as an assistant basketball and softball coach at Moravian. Coach Spirk completed her Master's in Sports Administration at the United States Sports Academy in Alabama.