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Spencer hired at St. Aug’s
Spencer comes to Raleigh from Winston-Salem State where he spent the past four seasons as associate head coach in charge of recruiting.
“Coach Ken Spencer comes to Saint Augustine’s College with the experience, the capacity, and the zeal to continue the winning tradition established by this men’s basketball team”, said President Dianne Boardley Suber.
“My expectations of the program under his leadership are high, and I eagerly anticipate the positive results he will deliver as head men’s basketball coach”, she said.
Spencer takes over a program that won the CIAA championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament while claiming the highest team grade point average for men’s basketball in the 2009-10 season.
“We are very pleased that Ken Spencer has agreed to become the head men’s basketball coach at Saint Augustine’s College,” athletics director George Williams said.
“Coach Spencer’s wealth of life experiences has led him to develop many of the qualities that we were looking for in a head coach. Above all, Coach Spencer is a terrific teacher and a leader of young men.”
“I think he is the perfect fit to lead our men’s basketball program.”
Prior to his time at WSSU, Spencer coached at Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, S.C. In eight seasons, Marlboro County High was 173-51 overall, appeared in three state title games and won the state championship in 2001.
Spencer coached Marlboro County High to six consecutive region crowns. The winningest coach in the history of Marlboro County High, Spencer was named South Carolina coach of the year by the National Federation of High Schools in 2001.
He was the South Carolina AAAA coach of the year in 2000 and 2005, the South Carolina Statewide coach of the year in 2001, and a six-time winner of the Region V AAAA Coach of the Year award.
Before arriving at Marlboro County High, Spencer coached two years at Scotland County High School in Laurinburg, N.C. Spencer’s teams at Scotland County and Marlboro County qualified for the state tournament each year.
He coached over 20 high school players who earned college scholarships.
“I really feel blessed and give honor to God for his uncommon favor in blessing me with this position,” Spencer said. “I am so excited about my head coaching opportunity at Saint Augustine’s College.”
“I am walking into a college that has rich tradition and is used to winning. I want to thank Dr. Suber and Coach Williams for their support. I am really proud and humbled that they blessed me with this opportunity.”
Spencer has a bachelor’s degree in business management from UNC-Pembroke (1991). He returned to UNCP to obtain a physical education degree with teacher certification in 1992-1993.
He and his wife, Ellen, have two children, K.J. (23) and Karmen (17)