Dec. 16, 2003
Spencer just completed his third season on the Tech staff. He spent one year (2001) as the running backs coach before moving to defense for the last two years. This fall, he tutored a pair of all-Atlantic Coast Conference defensive linemen in first-team selection Eric Henderson and Travis Parker, who earned honorable mention recognition.
He came to Tech after 11 years at West Georgia, including three seasons as head coach, compiling a 28-7 record from 1998-2000.
Gailey said that no further changes have been made on the Tech staff at this time. Linebackers coach Brick Haley will take over the defensive line, and defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta will handle the linebackers and defensive backs, with help from graduate assistant Bryan Cook.
“We’ll handle it from within for the bowl game,” said Gailey, whose Yellow Jackets (6-6) face Tulsa (8-4) in the Jan. 3 Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. “Then after the bowl, we’ll see what direction we want to go.”
Spencer, a native of Douglasville, Ga., is a 1987 graduate of Georgia Tech, where he lettered four years as a defensive lineman. He was a member of Tech’s 1985 “Black Watch” defense, helping the Jackets to a nine-win season and a victory in the All-American Bowl.
“I’d like to thank Coach [Dave] Braine and especially Coach Gailey for giving me an opportunity,” said Spencer. “It has been an honor to work for a man of Coach Gailey’s integrity.
“Georgia Tech is and always will be a special place to me.”