Dan Spencer Named Pitching Coach of the Year|
Oct. 2, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Associate Head Baseball Coach Dan Spencer has been named the 2007 Collegiate Baseball Magazine National College Pitching Coach of the Year, sponsored by More Than ERA.
Spencer, who helped orchestrate back-to-back national championships with the Oregon State Beavers, was named associate head coach at Texas Tech back on July 2 and will oversee the pitchers and catchers while serving as the lead recruiter.
"It's a great honor," said Spencer. "To be nominated amongst your peers and those who make a living doing this, it's really exciting. It all goes back to having great kids and kids who buy into what you are trying to accomplish. I told Coach Hays the other day that I have a plan in mind for what I want to do here (at Texas Tech) and I think we've made a lot of progress in that direction."
Spencer, 41, spent the last 11 seasons in Corvallis and the last three years as associate head coach where he served as pitching/catching coach and recruiting coordinator. His pitching staff's over the last two seasons were instrumental in helping the Beavers become the first back-to-back College World Series Champions since LSU in the late 1990's.
"This is yet another indication of how well Dan (Spencer) does his work and shows his dedication to his pitching staff," said Texas Tech Head Coach Larry Hays. "His approach is very sound and it has really paid dividends for him in the past and we look forward to what he will contribute to us as a Red Raider."
Over the last two seasons, his staff's have compiled 3.41 and 3.48 cumulative ERA's while leading the team to 50-16 and 49-18 respective records. His group led the Pac-10 in ERA in both 2005 and 2006 while his bullpen helped pave the way to back-to-back national titles by contributing 20-plus saves in both 2006 and 2007. Under his leadership, the Beavers have had three pitchers and one catcher named to All-America teams and seven drafted in the top 10 rounds of the MLB Draft. Eddie Kunz, the ace of the 2007 staff, and catcher Mitch Canhan, the squad's leading hitter, were both first round draft selections in this year's draft.