Grant Spencer joined the UT Tyler athletic staff in
November of 2008 as the assistant cross country and track & field
coach, and added assistant golf coach to his
repertoire in July of 2010.
During the 2009 cross country season, Spencer was
given more responsibility as the assistant cross country coach
responsible for the training of the women’s team. That season, the
Patriot women won the conference title for the first time
in school history.
Spencer is heavily involved in recruiting and is in charge of coordinating the fitness programs for both the cross country and golf teams. He has been very instrumental in the golf teams' success the last three seasons.
Spencer, a native of Canada, spent his freshman
season at Midland CC playing golf, earning all-region and Freshman of
the Year honors. He later graduated from McNeese State University on a
golf scholarship, being named team MVP and all-conference
his senior season.
He continued to play competitive amateur golf in
events such as the Texas State Amateur and the US Mid Amateur.
Spencer would not discover his love of running
until shortly before moving to Tyler in 2000. Spencer began running
marathons in 1998 and has since run the Boston Marathon four times and
the New York Marathon once. However, Spencer cites
the Dallas White Rock Marathon as his favorite.
Prior to UT Tyler, Spencer was the girls' cross
country coach at T.K. Gorman, coaching 13 All-State runners, three teams
to TAPPS state titles and four individuals to state championships. He
also coached the boys' team for two seasons
before leaving the Crusaders following the 2007 season.
While Spencer served as the head coach for cross
country, he also lent his talent for coaching distance runners on the
track & field teams as an assistant. In the five seasons Spencer
served as an assistant for track, he coached 20 state
qualifiers and 11 state champions in the 800m, 1600m and 3200m events.
Spencer is married to Dr. Charla Spencer and they have a daughter, Andi, and a son, Evan.