Spencer ‘re-retiring’ as football coach
The Corydon Central football program will look to hire its 11th coach in program history after Mike Spencer opted not to return for the 2015 season.
Spencer, a member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, signed a one-year contract for 2014. He chose not to re-apply for personal reasons.
‘I enjoyed tremendously working with the kids,’ Spencer said in a phone interview. ‘It was a good group of seniors and, team-wise, I enjoyed the entire group.’
With more than 200 wins to his resum’, Spencer said this is a ‘re-retirement’ from the game of football. His first was after coaching Perry Central in 2011, a place he averaged 10 wins per season.
During the 2014 campaign, the Panthers won five in a row at one point during the season. They lost two games in Mid-Southern Conference play but ended with a 6-4 mark.
Spencer took over for Darin Ward, the program’s winningest coach, after he left for rival Charlestown last June. Jumping right in, the transition went fairly smooth in Spencer’s eyes.
‘I felt like we put together a pretty good staff,’ Spencer said. ‘It was an all new staff. In the process, we came up with a group of guys that were very concerned about the future of Corydon Central football. Some were former players. The staff did great, and the players responded well.’
Spencer said he feels the program is left in a good situation.
‘The numbers and athletes are good,’ he said. ‘There are some sophomores and juniors that are not only good athletes, but good citizens.’
Corydon Central athletic director Kim Frederick said the football position has been posted.