Wisdom from GREAT Triple Option Offensive Line Coach Todd Spencer

Todd Spencer was on the Army coaching staff from the spring of 2013 until the conclusion of the 2017 season. Spencer coached over 40 years, including 30 years as an offensive line coach at the Division I level.

Prior to his arrival at West Point, he spent four seasons as the co-offensive line coach at Georgia Tech where he worked primarily with the tackles from 2008-11. In his four seasons in Atlanta, his linemen earned six All-ACC certificates, including four first-team selections. The Yellow Jackets led the ACC in total offense in 2008 and 2009 while running the triple-option offense. The team led the nation in rushing for the first time in school history in 2010 after a runner-up showing in 2009.

Named one of the top five offensive line coaches in the nation by CBSSports.com in the summer of 2008, Spencer is well versed both in the option attack and service-academy football. Prior to joining the staff at Georgia Tech, he spent 11 seasons as the offensive line coach at Navy. The Mids won the Commander In Chief’s Trophy and made postseason appearances in each of his last four seasons. Navy led the nation in rushing four times during his tenure in Annapolis, including three straight years from 2005-07. In addition to posting the top-ranked rushing offense, the 2003 squad set school records for total rushing yards (4,202), yards per attempt (5.5), rushing touchdowns (44), total offense (5,506), total offense per game (423.5) and yards per play (6.0).

Prior to his arrival at Navy, Spencer was the offensive line coach at Oregon State from 1991-96. The team finished second in the nation in rushing in 1993, averaging 300.6 yards per game.

Spencer also served one-year stints as the offensive line coach at Northern Illinois (1990) and UTEP (1989). He was the offensive coordinator at Southern Utah University in 1988 and held the same position at Trinity Valley Community College in 1986-87. Spencer began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas Lutheran University working with wide receivers in 1979. He also served as a defensive graduate assistant at Linfield College for two seasons (1980-81). After a two-year run as a high school assistant in Texas, Spencer re-entered the collegiate ranks as a graduate assistant at Oregon where he worked with the defensive backs in 1984. In 1985, he held his first offensive line post, serving as the graduate assistant at the University of Texas.

Spencer played defensive back at Whitworth College and Pacific Lutheran University, earning bachelor’s degree in physical education from the latter in 1979. A Beaverton, Ore., native, Spencer went on to earn a master’s degree from Linfield in 1981.

He is the father of two daughters, Whitney and Ashley.

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