Oklahoma State University (OSU) defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has been hired to the same position on the Charlotte 49ers football staff. Spencer has more than 25 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 18 at the FBS level. He has been a part of 12 FBS Bowl Games.
In addition to Spencer’s hiring, Head Coach Brad Lambert announced that Special Teams Coordinator Charlie Skalaski has been named receivers coach. Skalaski has coached receivers at three previous stops: as associate head coach at Eastern Kentucky; as assistant to the head coach for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and during a 10-year run at Liberty University.
During his 10 years at OSU, Spencer served as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator for the last five seasons. The Cowboys amassed a 96-34 record during those 10 years, won the 2011-12 Fiesta Bowl and made additional trips to New Year’s bowl games in 2015-16 (Sugar Bowl), 2013-14 (Cotton Bowl) and 2009-10 (Cotton Bowl). The Cowboys enjoyed 10-win seasons in six of his last seven years, there, and won six of their last eight bowl games.
“We’re excited to bring Glenn into our program,” said Lambert. “I’ve been impressed with the job he’s done over the years. He’s coached defense at a high level and has had a lot of success. He brings many years of experience along with an exciting, aggressive mentality to our program. From a recruiting standpoint, he’s from Georgia, and he played and coached in Georgia and North Carolina so that’s a good fit as well. We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to bring him on staff. He’s a good man and a good football coach.“
Hired as the Cowboys’ defensive line coach in 2008, Spencer began coaching the linebackers in 2009. He coached linebackers for the remainder of his time in Stillwater, was named co-defensive coordinator in 2011 and took over the defensive coordinator spot completely in 2013. He will serve as the 49ers defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
“I was very attracted to working for a quality man as well as a great football coach,” Spencer said of his decision to join the 49ers. “I’ve known Brad since my early days at West Georgia while he was at Georgia and then with my time at Georgia Tech and Duke while he was at Wake (Forest). I’m familiar with his work. I have deep roots in the southeast and to get back closer to my family and parents in Georgia was big. This area, you are around a lot of talent that can get a program going in the right direction.”
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