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Kevin Spencer
Special Teams Coach
College:
Springfield (MA) College
Hometown:
Queens, NY
Experience:
19

Biography

NFL coaching veteran Kevin Spencer begins his sixth season with the Cardinals and 22nd year in the league after being hired to coach special teams on 1/19/07. Previously with the Pittsburgh Steelers for five seasons (2002-06), Spencer was selected as the 2003 NFL “Special Teams Coach of the Year” by the league’s special teams coaches.

NFL coaching veteran Kevin Spencer begins his sixth season with the Cardinals and 22nd year in the league after being hired to coach special teams on 1/19/07. Previously with the Pittsburgh Steelers for five seasons (2002-06), Spencer was selected as the 2003 NFL “Special Teams Coach of the Year” by the league’s special teams coaches.

Last season, Spencer’s rookie punt returner and first-round pick Patrick Peterson tied an NFL record with four punt return TD’s, becoming just the fourth player in league history with four TD returns in a season. With four returns of 80+ yards, he also became the first player in league history to accomplish that feat. Peterson was named to the Pro Bowl and was first-team All-Pro, becoming just the third kick returner in team history to be named to the Pro Bowl (Johnny Bailey, Vai Sikahema). He also established an NFL rookie record for most punt return yards in a single season (699) while also setting the franchise record for most punt return yards in a season. Peterson’s 99-yard punt return for a touchdown in OT vs. St. Louis was the second longest punt return in NFL history.  

In 2010, kicker Jay Feely had his third consecutive 100-point season (107) and totaled 25 points (TD, 5 FGs, 4 PATs) in the week 14 game against Denver, the second highest point total by a kicker in NFL history (Rob Bironas-26). Kick returner LaRod Stephens-Howling returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (102, 96 yards) and led the NFL with 1,542 KOR yards while his 27.2 yard average was the fourth best in the league. In 2009, punter Ben Graham tied the NFL record with 42 punts inside the 20-yard line and kicker Neil Rackers made an NFL best 94.7 percent of his field goal attempts.

In 2008, Sean Morey was selected to his first Pro Bowl after leading the unit with 22 tackles. One of the Cardinals more memorable highlights of the 2008 season came via Morey as he blocked a Mat McBriar punt in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys which was returned three yards by Monty Beisel for the victory. Rackers completed his franchise record fourth consecutive season of over 100 points as he collected 119 for the season, which was good for second in team history behind only his 140 he had in 2005.

While in Pittsburgh, Steelers punt returner Antwaan Randle El set a team record with four punt returns for touchdowns during his time with the Steelers (2002-05) while kicker Jeff Reed’s 80.0% (112 of 140) career field goal percentage under Spencer was good for second in team history (Norm Johnson, 82.7%). Reed also kicked five game-winning field goals during his time with Spencer.

Prior to joining the Steelers in 2002, Spencer spent four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (1998-2001). While at Indianapolis, Spencer worked with Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt, regarded as one of the premier kickers in the NFL. In 2001, Vanderjagt ranked 1st in the AFC in scoring (125 points) and 2nd in the NFL (127, Jeff Wilkins, St. Louis). During the 2000 season, Vanderjagt connected on 25-of-27 field goals to rank 2nd in the AFC in scoring and tied for 5th in the NFL with 121 points. Under Spencer’s guidance, Vanderjagt was the first player in Colts history to post four straight 100+ point seasons.

Spencer also served three seasons with the Oakland Raiders as the special teams and quality control coach (1995), assistant linebackers coach (1996) and a defensive assistant (1997). He started his NFL coaching career in 1991 as a coaching assistant with the Cleveland Browns.

The Queens, NY native began his coaching career in 1975 as a graduate assistant at the State University of New York where he coached wrestling and lacrosse. He coached at Detroit Country Day High School (1976-79) in Birmingham, MI, before becoming a graduate assistant at Cornell (1979-80). Spencer then coached for one season at the Gilman School (Baltimore, MD) before holding positions as the head freshman coach (1981-85) and offensive coordinator (1986) at Ithaca College. He served five years (1987-91) as the head coach at Wesleyan (CT) University where he compiled a 14-26 overall record, including a 6-2 mark in 1990. While at Wesleyan, Spencer coached former Cleveland Browns and New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini for two seasons (1989-90).

As a collegian, Spencer played football and lacrosse at Springfield (MA) College from 1972-75 and earned a master’s degree from SUNY-Cortland in 1976. Spencer and his wife, Rosemarie, have two sons, Timothy and Jack.

Photos

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    WR Michael Floyd catches a deep ball
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    RB Jonathan Dwyer
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    QB Logan Thomas unleashes a pass
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    CB Patrick Peterson (right) guards WR Michael Floyd
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    WR Larry Fitzgerald

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