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Kevin Spencer
Special Teams
College:
Springfield College
Hometown:
Queens, NY
Experience:
24

Bio

In his first season with the Chargers in 2013, Spencer had two of the NFL’s top specialists in his stable. Punter Mike Scifres went the first nine games of the season without a touchback and 30 of his 56 punts (53.6 pct.) landed inside the 20, the highest percentage in the NFL. Kicker Nick Novak also had a memorable season, making a team-record-tying 34 field goals while finishing the year 34-of-37 for a new team record 91.9 percent conversion rate. It included a perfect 11-of-11 from beyond 40 yards.

In addition, two of Spencer’s top cover-men, Seyi Ajirotutu and Darrell Stuckey, had Pro Bowl-caliber seasons. And in early November in Washington, Lawrence Guy and Corey Liuget both blocked field goals, marking the first time since 1975 that the Chargers blocked two field goals in a game.

The NFL’s Special Teams Coach of the Year in 2003 as chosen by the league’s special teams coaches, Spencer has spent the last 16 seasons coaching NFL special teams in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Arizona and San Diego. He won a Super Bowl championship with the Steelers after the 2005 season (Super Bowl XL) and an NFC Championship with Cardinals in 2008. In Indianapolis, rookie Terrence Wilkins returned two punts and a kickoff for touchdowns en route to a selection to a number of all-rookie teams. In Pittsburgh, Spencer worked with Antwaan Randle-El, who set a team record with four punt returns for touchdowns during their five seasons together. And in Arizona, Spencer worked with two more talents in LaRod Stephens-Howling and Patrick Peterson. Stephens-Howling led the NFL with 1,542 kickoff return yards in 2010, including scoring returns of 102 and 96 yards, while Peterson tied an NFL record with four punt return touchdowns during his rookie season, becoming only the fourth player in league history with four punt return scores in a season. Peterson also had four punt returns of 80-plus yards to become the first player in NFL history to do so, and a 99-yard punt return for a touchdown in overtime during a game against the St. Louis Rams that was the second-longest in NFL history.

A native of Queens, New York, Spencer played football and lacrosse at Springfield (Mass.) College. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Springfield and a Master’s from Cortland State in 1976. He began coaching as a graduate assistant at Cortland State in 1975. He spent five years as the head coach at Wesleyan (Conn.) University and later began his NFL coaching career with the Cleveland Browns in 1991.

Spencer and his wife, Rosemarie, have two sons, Timothy and Jack.

In his first season with the Chargers in 2013, Spencer had two of the NFL’s top specialists in his stable. Punter Mike Scifres went the first nine games of the season without a touchback and 30 of his 56 punts (53.6 pct.) landed inside the 20, the highest percentage in the NFL. Kicker Nick Novak also had a memorable season, making a team-record-tying 34 field goals while finishing the year 34-of-37 for a new team record 91.9 percent conversion rate. It included a perfect 11-of-11 from beyond 40 yards.

In addition, two of Spencer’s top cover-men, Seyi Ajirotutu and Darrell Stuckey, had Pro Bowl-caliber seasons. And in early November in Washington, Lawrence Guy and Corey Liuget both blocked field goals, marking the first time since 1975 that the Chargers blocked two field goals in a game.

The NFL’s Special Teams Coach of the Year in 2003 as chosen by the league’s special teams coaches, Spencer has spent the last 16 seasons coaching NFL special teams in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Arizona and San Diego. He won a Super Bowl championship with the Steelers after the 2005 season (Super Bowl XL) and an NFC Championship with Cardinals in 2008. In Indianapolis, rookie Terrence Wilkins returned two punts and a kickoff for touchdowns en route to a selection to a number of all-rookie teams. In Pittsburgh, Spencer worked with Antwaan Randle-El, who set a team record with four punt returns for touchdowns during their five seasons together. And in Arizona, Spencer worked with two more talents in LaRod Stephens-Howling and Patrick Peterson. Stephens-Howling led the NFL with 1,542 kickoff return yards in 2010, including scoring returns of 102 and 96 yards, while Peterson tied an NFL record with four punt return touchdowns during his rookie season, becoming only the fourth player in league history with four punt return scores in a season. Peterson also had four punt returns of 80-plus yards to become the first player in NFL history to do so, and a 99-yard punt return for a touchdown in overtime during a game against the St. Louis Rams that was the second-longest in NFL history.

A native of Queens, New York, Spencer played football and lacrosse at Springfield (Mass.) College. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Springfield and a Master’s from Cortland State in 1976. He began coaching as a graduate assistant at Cortland State in 1975. He spent five years as the head coach at Wesleyan (Conn.) University and later began his NFL coaching career with the Cleveland Browns in 1991.

Spencer and his wife, Rosemarie, have two sons, Timothy and Jack.

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