• JOHN SPOONER

    John was born in Japan as the son of a military family.  He is the oldest of 7 kids.  John now has three kids of his own and four grandchildren.  While playing basketball at Grace in the early to mid 70's, John pulled down an impressive 528 rebounds and had a single game career high of 28 at Great Lakes in 1978.  He claims his shooting % was so horrible that he padded his rebounding stats by shooting so bad and getting his own rebound.  He started 91 out of 96 games that he played.  Of the five he didn't start 4 were injuries and the other still remains a mystery to him today.  He was named the teams Most Improved Player in 1974 and again in 1976.  While at Grace he played on the soccer team for four years.  He played goalie for 3 years and recorded 5 shutouts in 1975.  After his playing at Grace, John turned to coaching.  He served as an assistant soccer coach for 3 years and also assisted the men's and women's basketball teams as assistant coach from 1986-1991.  In 1997 John became the head coach for the women's basketball team for five years until 2002.  He served as the women's volleyball coach for 6 years from 1994-96 and then again from 2009-2011.  He was named the Mid-East Region Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996.  John served as athletic director from 1997-2001 as well.  During John's tenure as women's basketball coach, his teams had 3 regional finals appearances where the team lost twice to the eventual national champions from Maranatha.  John is second on the all time wins list for women's basketball with 69 wins.  He ranks as the all time winningest coach in women's volleyball.  As you can see, John Spooner has put a definite mark on every part of athletics at Grace.  Totday John is still involved with sports at Grace and is always ready to help wherever he is asked, whether doing the announcing at games, MC'ing banquets, or if you need a reference of stat from GBC's history.