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Home Run Hire? Chattanooga Christian Hires Longtime College Coach Rob Spence

Chattanooga Christian's Administration had been promising a "home run" hire since Barry Loyal resigned as head football coach a month ago.

Enter Rob Spence.

Spence, 55, a veteran college football coach with stops at Clemson, Syracuse, Rutgers, Toledo and Maryland among others has been named the new head football coach at Chattanooga Christian.

"We are very thankful and very honored to be able to work with a coach with Coach Spence's background," Chattanooga Christian Athletic Director John Visser said.

Spence, a New York native just finished his second year as the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers and it was his 25th year coaching in college.

He is known in college circles as a well known quarterbacks coach having served as the Quarterbacks coach or Offensive Coordinator at Bethune Cookman (2011), Syracuse (2008-09), Clemson (2005-08), Toledo (2001-04), Louisiana Tech (2000), Hofstra (1990, 1997-99), Maryland (1994-96) and Iona (1989).

"It's a big opportunity for me any my family," Spence said. "My daughters Samantha and Sydney Rae both go to college at Clemson and my wife (Susan) and I wanted to be closer to them."

"Chattanooga Christian fits for so many reasons, I have experience in private schools and I wanted to be a part of building a program and being active in the community."

"We are very excited about the opportunity and I can't wait to get started getting to know the kids and their parents."

Spence will be down in Chattanooga shortly to meet with players and the community and will hold spring practice as well.

During his college coaching career he has tutored such quarterbacks as current Pittsburgh Steeler Bruce Gradkowski and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Scott Milanovich who is the head football coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

During Gradkowski's starting time at Toledo in 2003-04 under Spence he threw for 6,728 yards and 56 touchdowns and he threw to current New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore who caught 193 passes for 2,383 yards and 23 touchdowns.

While at Clemson, Spence coached current Buffalo Bill running back C.J. Spiller.

Spiller was named All-American at Clemson and made the Pro Bowl in 2012 with the Bills.

Spence started his coaching career back in 1981 as an assistant coach at Memorial (NY) high school before moving to Iona Preparatory in 1982 as offensive coordinator.

In 1984 he was elevated to head coach at Iona Prep and accumulated a 29-19-1 record there before heading to college ranks in 1989 at his alma mater Iona College as offensive coordinator.

Currently there are open jobs at Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Juliet Christian, Northeast, Middle Tennessee Christian, Bolivar, Fairley, Chattanooga Central and Jackson Christian as schools currently looking for a head coach.

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