The winningest women’s basketball coach in Moravian history, Mary Beth Spirk, finished her 33rd season on the sidelines in 2019-20. She added the title of Director of Athletics & Recreation on June 5, 2017 as she took over the lead of the Moravian Athletic Department.
Her record of 610-296 ranks her in the top 10 in the nation in victories among active Division III coaches. To say that her teams have been successful would be an understatement. Among the team’s accomplishments during her tenure are: seven Middle Atlantic Southeast titles, three Middle Atlantic South Championships, two Middle Atlantic Conference crowns, nine NCAA bids, three “Sweet 16” appearances, an ECAC Championship in 2007, and most recently the 2010 Landmark Conference Championship. In 2019, Spirk surpassed the 600-win milestone with a 13-point rally over rival Muhlenberg College. In 2014, she reached the 500-win mark with a victory over Drew University, and in 2009 she was recognized at the Final Four in St Louis for her 400th win at a luncheon in which Pat Summit was also honored. Mary Beth would be the first to tell you that her success is attributed to the young women she has had the pleasure to coach. She has coached 24 1,000 point scorers, 15 All-Americans, countless All-Conference performers, and a National Player of the Year in Kathy Beck.
The 1991-92 season saw the Lady Greyhounds enjoy the most successful season the college has ever experienced. Their 31-2 campaign culminated in hosting the Final Four, an article in Sports Illustrated and a National Runner-Up finish. 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.
A ten-time Conference Coach of the Year most recently in 2016-17 including her first ECAC Division III Metro Coach of the Year honor, Spirk is an ambassador for women’s athletics speaking at local schools as well as attending national conferences on gender equity and Title IX. She has volunteered at the NCAA sponsored “YES Clinic” during the women’s Final Four for two years. The “YES Clinic” provides basketball instruction to under privileged youth in the city of the Final Four. Spirk served her eighth and final year on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors, one of only three Division III coaches on the Board, in 2018-19.
A 1981 graduate of Dickinson College, Spirk is an associate professor of physical education and has been assistant athletics director since 2001, moving to associate athletics director and senior women's administrator in 2011 before accepting the role of director of athletics & recreation in 2017. She completed her Master’s in Sports Administration at the United States Sports Academy in Alabama in 2002.