December 22, 2014

Spangler returning to Presbyterian College

Tommy Spangler

Tommy Spangler

Former Presbyterian head football coach Tommy Spangler has been hired by Blue Hose coach Harold Nichols as his new defensive coordinator.  Nichols made the announcement Friday.

“I’m excited about coming back and I know the people at Presbyterian College are excited as well.  I’ve been coaching for close to 30 years and the best 10 of those were spent at PC,” said Spangler.  “I want to thank Coach Nichols, Director of Athletics Brian Reese and President Claude Lilly.  They wanted me to come back, not just an assistant coach but as someone who means a lot to the program and the institution, as well as someone who could help create something special at PC.”

“Louisiana Tech has been a great place for me and my family the past six years, but we’re excited to be returning to Clinton and Laurens County.”

Spangler was  the defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech the past six seasons.   He was at Presbyterian previously from 1997-2006, first as defensive coordinator and then as head coach from 2001-2006.

“Our former players and alumni will be excited Coach Spangler is coming back as he had tremendous success as an assistant coach then head coach,” said Nichols.  “He understands PC and the great institution that it is.  He’ll be a great asset to the football program and, the college and the community.”

“Coach Spangler has helped me my entire coaching career as a mentor and close friend of mine,” said Nichols.  “I owe him a lot in establishing my coaching and football philosophy.  Having the opportunity to coach together again will be exciting for me professionally and personally.”

Spangler was a Broyles Award nominee in 2011 as the top assistant coach in FBS football.