Spencer is part of a staff that has brought the Midshipmen back into the national spotlight with a 35-15 (.700) record over the last four years and has helped lead Navy to a school-record four-straight bowl games and a school-record four-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophies. The 35 wins are the second most in school history over a four-year period.
Spencer teamed up with Ken Niumatalolo in 2006 to coach an offensive line that helped pave the way for the nation's top rushing offense for the third time in the past five seasons, as the Mids averaged a school-record 327 yards per contest.
In 2005, Spencer was part of a staff that helped the Mids average a nation's-best 318.7 yards per contest, as Navy won a school-record second-straight bowl game and claimed the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy.
In 2004, Spencer's efforts helped an offensive line that was hampered by injuries all year to perform well enough for the Midshipmen to finish third in the country in rushing (289.5), win a school-record tying 10 games (the most wins since 1905), win the Emerald Bowl and capture the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in back-to-back years.
Navy's offensive line was key in the NCAA record 26-play, 94-yard, 14:26 epic drive in the Emerald Bowl. Offensive guard August Roitsch was named to the Sports Illustrated All-Bowl Team, while the starting offensive line was selected to the College Football News All-Bowl Team.
In 2003, despite a lack of experience up front, the Mids led the nation in rushing (323.2 yards per contest) and set school records for rushing yards per game, total rushing yards (4,202), rushing yards per attempt (5.5), rushing touchdowns (44), total offense (5,506), total offense per game (423.5) and yards per play (6.0) as Navy went 8-5, won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy and earned a berth in the Houston Bowl.
In 2002, Spencer developed Derek Jaskowiak into a College Football News All-Independent selection and an Honorable Mention All-East performer. Jaskowiak was also selected to participate in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game. In 2000, Spencer turned pupil Hoot Stahl into an all-star performer, as Stahl was selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game.
Spencer brought a vast knowledge of the option attack to Annapolis after spending six seasons as the offensive line coach at option oriented Oregon State. In 1993, Oregon State's rushing offense finished second in the nation, averaging 300.6 yards per game.
Known for his intensity on the field, Spencer has a strong coaching background, as he has also been the offensive line coach at Northern Illinois (1990) and Texas-El Paso (1989), and was the offensive coordinator at Southern Utah (1988) and Trinity Valley Community College (1986-87). Spencer got into the major college ranks as a graduate assistant (defensive backs) for Rich Brooks at Oregon (1984-85) and was a graduate assistant (offensive line) for Fred Akers at Texas (1985-86).
A native of Beaverton, Ore., Spencer attended Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., from 1974-76, and was a defensive back under Hugh Campbell, a former head coach of the Houston Oilers. He then transferred to Pacific Lutheran (1977-79), where he played safety for two years. Spencer earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Pacific Lutheran (1979) and his M.A. from Linfield College in physical education in 1981.
He is the father of two daughters, Whitney (19) and Ashley (18).