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Cubs Coach Will Hang Up Whistle

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Monett educator and coach Alan Spencer has announced his resignation to the Monett R-1 Board of Education and the Monett community. Spencer currently serves as head football coach, athletic director and women's track coach at Monett High School.

"I look forward to slowing down and spending more time with family and friends, and fishing and hunting but one never knows what might come up," Spencer said in making the announcement.

"I have been in coaching for 35 years and have enjoyed every minute of it, "Spencer added. "Honestly, I have never gone to work but have been able to do something that I have enjoyed."

As football coach at Monett, the Cubs were Big 8 Conference co-champions and district champions in 2004, Big 8 Conference tri-champions and district champions in 2007, and Big 8 Conference champions, district champions and regional champions in 2008. He compiled a win-loss record of 58-36 in his nine years at the helm of the Cubs. As women's track coach, his teams were Big 8 Conference champions in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008.

Monett also claimed conference titles in several other sports during Spencer's tenure as athletic director, as well as several MHS athletes attaining All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and All-State honors.

A 1969 graduate of Webb City High School and a 1975 graduate of Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, Spencer earned his masters in education from Drury University in 1990.

He began his coaching career as an assistant football coach at Neosho High School from 1975 to 1978. He was a part-time football coach at Wake Forest University in 1978-79 before becoming a head football coach at Nevada High School in 1979. Spencer then was an assistant football coach under former Monett coach Benny Lawson at Parkview High School in Springfield from 1984 to 1987. He was head football coach at Springfield Central from 1987 to 1992 and at Rogers (Ark.) from 1992 to 2001 when he came to Monett.

His letter of resignation follows:

"I wish to inform you that I will resign my position as teacher, athletic director, head football coach and head women's track coach effective the end of the 2009-10 school year.

"I appreciate, in particular, Dr. Charles Cudney, for giving me the opportunity to come to Monett and work alongside many outstanding coaches to revitalize the proud tradition of Monett Cub athletics. Without that opportunity, I, along with the Monett schools, would not have been able to receive the recognition of 2008/2009AD of the Year for southwest Missouri, induction into the Missouri Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010, five time Big 8 Track Coach of the Year and two time Big 8 Football Coach of the Year.

"I have consistently fulfilled my responsibilities as a teacher/coach/AD and have created a model program that many in the area, and state of Missouri, emulate and respect.

"Our coaches and student/athletes have gained more than just skills and knowledge of the activities they compete and coach in. They have learned about loyalty, accountability, responsibility and trust. They understand that a team cannot be successful without pride in your performance, effort to make yourself and the team better, determination to overcome all obstacles, enthusiasm for the game and respect of your opponents and teammates.

"I will close with the slogan from the athletic hallway: 'We compete to honor the teams and traditions that passed before us and have strived to raise the standards for those that will follow.' "

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