RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball program has added Kevin "Ken" Spencer – a former Bobby Collins assistant with nearly three decades years of coaching experience – to the staff as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach.
Spencer is no stranger to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference, he previously spent three seasons as the head coach at Fayetteville State University from 2016-2019 as well as a two-year run as the head coach at neighbor Saint Augustine's University (2010-2012). From 2012 to 2016, Spencer was the associate head coach at South Carolina State University.
Prior to taking over the program at Saint Augustine's, Spencer spent four seasons at Winston-Salem State University as the associate head coach and was in charge of all aspects of the program, especially recruiting and player development during WSSU's time in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and transition to NCAA Division I.
Before his stint at WSSU, Spencer built a powerhouse as the head boys' basketball coach 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 has the most coaching wins in the history of Marlboro County High for boys' basketball and 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 after leading MCHS to six consecutive regional crowns.
Before arriving at Marlboro County High, Spencer coached two years at Scotland County High School in Laurinburg, NC. Spencer's teams in both Scotland County and Marlboro County qualified for the state tournament each year. He coached more than 20 high school players who earned college scholarships.
Before becoming a high school coach, Spencer served as a student assistant coach at Pembroke State (1992-93) under Dan Kenney and John Haskins and as a graduate assistant coach at Fayetteville State (1991-92) under Jeff Capel, Sr., who was most recently an assistant coach with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Spencer was a standout basketball player at UNC Pembroke, finishing his career as the school's all-time three-point field goal leader. A four-year letterman, Spencer was captain on the UNCP team that won the Carolinas Conference championship during his senior season. He earned his bachelor's degree in business management from UNC Pembroke in 1991 and returned to UNCP to obtain a physical education degree with teacher certification in 1992-1993. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army after college and served in the Reserves for 10 years. Spencer recently completed his Master's in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
The son of Levon and Josephine Spencer of Eagle Springs, N.C., Spencer is the youngest of seven children. He graduated from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, N.C., where he was a teammate of Coach Collins. A two-time all-conference selection, Spencer was an honorable mention all-state pick as a senior in 1986 after leading the team to the state 4-A semifinals. The head coach of that team was Jeff Capel, Sr.
Spencer and his wife Ellen have two children, K.J. and Karmen.
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