After graduating from the University of Portland in 1992, Spoelstra spent two years in Germany coaching the German professional basketball Tus Herten. In 1995, he accepted an offer to join the Heat a video coordinator. In 2001, he was promoted to assistant coach. changes to the Heat came as they drafted Dwayne Wade in 2003, and Pat Riley left in 2003 replaced by Stan Van Gundy. He helped coach the team as the made a Playoffs the next two years as they lost in the Conference semi-finals, Van Gundy stepped down. In 2006 with Riley back at the helm, Spoelstra helped coach the Heat to win their first NBA championships in franchise history. After not making to the playoffs in 2007-08 season, Pat Riley announced his decision to step down as head coach, the Heat promoted Spoelstra to head coach. The Heat made an offseason trade that they would acquire LeBron James, Chris Bosh along with the acquisition of 2008 draft pickMario Chalmers. In his first two years coaching, the Heat have made playoff appearance, but would lose in the first round both times. In 2010-11, the Heat improved their bench with the acquisition of veterans Mike Miller, Shane Battier, and Ray Allen. With a reorganized team, he led them to a 58-24 record as they made it the NBA Finals, but would lose to the Dallas Mavericks, in a rematch from 2006, in six games. In the 2011-12 season, the Heat were determined as he coached them to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games to the win the 2011-12 NBA Championship. The following another NBA Finals appearance was on the horizon with a career best record of 66-16 to put the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers. Spoelstra's Heat defeated the Pacers 4-3 to make a NBA Finals for the second time in a row to face the San Antonio Spurs. Struggling through injuries the Heat faced with 3-2 early in the series as the Spurs led. Toward the end of the finals he drove his team to comeback, with the Heat defeating the Spurs to win another NBA championship in seven games. During the offseason the released Mike Miller freeing up space to sign Free agentGreg Oden, and make a trade to the Suns to receive Michael Beasley. The Heat and Spurs met again in the 2014 Finals with the Spurs winning in five games. Following the loss, LeBron announced that he will leave the Heat and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade and Bosh remained until 2016 when Wade announced that he will join his hometown Chicago and play with the Bulls. The Heat returned to the finals in 2020, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games before being swept by the eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2021 Playoffs in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Semifinals where the Heat won in five games.