Fred Spencer enters his first season as the graduate assistant for the Middle Tennessee men’s basketball program in 2013-14.
Despite being new to the Blue Raiders, Spencer is no stranger to Head Coach Kermit Davis and his coaching style. Spencer played for Davis from 1991-93 at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., before transferring to Troy, where he was co-captain of his team for two years.
After his two years at Troy, Spencer played professionally overseas. He was in the European Basketball Association League in Vigo, Spain from 1995-1999.
Spencer comes to MT with 15-plus years of experience in athletic conditioning and fitness. His coaching arsenal consists of sound basketball fundamentals with an emphasis on defensive and offensive planning strategies. He has spent time coaching at the high school and college levels, where he has focused on the importance of balancing academics and athletics. His most recent stop included a four-year stint as the Club Director at Boys and Girls Club of Riverview in Riverview, Fla. He was responsible for overseeing all the daily operations of the organization, including activities, program staff and operating budget.
During the 2008-09 season, Spencer served as the head assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Colby Community College in Colby Kan. He assisted in all phases of the program, including scouting and recruiting new talent, while also implementing an academic report program to monitor player progress in the classroom.
Prior to his stint with the Trojans, Spencer worked with the Campo Family YMCA in Valrico, Fla., as the Sports Director before being promoted to the District Sports Director. He was with the Campo YMCA from 2004-2007, before taking over as the Senior Sports Director at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA in Orlando, Fla., for a year.
Spencer spent the two seasons at Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Fla., where he was the head JV boys’ basketball coach and the head assistant coach for the varsity team. During the 2002-03 season, he served in the same roles at Masters Academy in Oviedo, Fla.
The Butler, Ala., native finished his college degree in 2008, earning a Bachelor of Science in human services from Springfield College in Tampa, Fla. Spencer and his wife Kisha have four children, two boys and two girls.