After 12 years of coaching girls basketball at Pacific High School and 10 years of educating within the Meramec Valley School District, Joshua Spuhl has begun his new career at Webster Groves High School.
Since late May, Spuhl has been coaching Webster Groves’ girls basketball team and will begin teaching high school physical education come mid-August.
Spuhl said he wasn’t initially looking to leave PHS. A coaching peer just happened to tell him about the opening at Webster Groves and he figured he’d apply. One month later he received notice Webster Groves School District wanted to hire him.
“Leaving Meramec Valley and especially the girls on my team was the hardest decision of my life,” he said. “But I did what I thought best for me and my family.”
Spuhl has long roots in the district, as he started school here as a third-grader in 1993 when his parents moved to Pacific. Ten years later, he graduated from PHS and began attending Central Methodist University.
“I attended Central Methodist to get my teaching degree in Elementary Education,” Spuhl said. “During that time, I helped coached the women’s basketball team at PHS.”
After graduating from college in 2007, Spuhl began working in the district as the computer teacher at Meramec Valley Middle School. He spent three years there and then taught third and fourth grade at Truman Elementary over the next three years.
His last four years with the district were spent teaching Physical Education to kindergarteners through fifth graders at Truman and 9th graders at PHS.
“I have come to know a lot of children over the last 10 years and seen them grow up to become fine young adults,” Spuhl said. “I have also had the pleasure of coaching a number of talented young women and watched them succeed in college and beyond.”
During his 12 years of coaching, Spuhl spent eight seasons as head coach, two seasons as junior varsity coach and two seasons as freshman coach. As head coach, he led the girls to 135 wins and 81 losses, helped them earn the first district title in PHS girls basketball history in 2012 and brought the girls to eight tournament championships.
Spuhl also created a little league, which he is also planning to do at Webster Groves.
“I have a lot of objectives to accomplish while head coach here,” Spuhl said. “The top ones are making the Women’s Basketball team a true powerhouse, year-round, and helping my girls succeed in college. Hopefully, I can fulfill everyone’s expectations and do the best leading the women to several victories during my time at Webster.”
In addition to years of knowledge and expertise, Spuhl also brought assistant coach Marcus Black with him to Webster Groves. The pair has been coaching together since they were 18 in college.
Due to the teams being in different classes and on different schedules, PHS and WGHS are not scheduled to play against each other any time in the near future.