Following a two-year career with the Bulldogs, Colin Spencer joined the University of Redlands football staff as a graduate assistant coach in August 2016. In addition to primarily coaching the defensive backs and corners, he attends the School of Education in pursuit of his Master of Arts in Higher Education.
Hailing from Olivet, MI, Spencer was a three-sport athlete in high school while playing football, baseball, and basketball. Out of high school, Spencer spent one year at Albion College (MI) to play football as a receiver. From there, he transferred to Bakersfield College in California to play football for the Renegades. While at Bakersfield, Spencer amassed 29 receptions for a total of 461 yards, scored four touchdowns, and averaged 15.9 yards per catch. The University of Redlands football staff took notice and recruited Spencer to come play for the Bulldogs.
Spencer competed as a wide receiver in 2014 before switching to the cornerback position in 2015. In his senior campaign with the Maroon and Gray, he played in all nine football games while accumulating 42 tackles, six pass break-ups, and two interceptions for a total of 52 yards. That season, Spencer landed on the All-SCIAC First Team as a defensive back and then garnered Second-Team accolades for special teams as a punt returner. As Redlands' top punt returner, Spencer accumulated 172 yards on 12 attempts for an average of more than 14 yards. He also returned two punts for touchdowns, including a 75-yarder in the team's 41-14 victory over Occidental College.
Not only did Spencer collect awards on the field but received distinctions in the classroom and community as well. Prior to graduating, Spencer was named the October Omicron Delta Kappa Student-Athlete of the Month for his excellence in the classroom, on the field, and throughout the campus community. A week after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History, it was announced that Spencer made the 2016 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, which includes senior college student-athletes from all levels of the sport for their academic achievement of a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better as a starter or significant contributor to the football program.
Last summer, Spencer spent a week assisting Coach Jim Harbaugh and the University of Michigan football staff at their satellite camps throughout California and in Las Vegas. He aspires to be a head coach at a major football program one day. He loves football, working with people, and bettering the lives of the young men he coaches.
In his free time, Spencer enjoys watching all sports, playing ping pong, and going to the beach. He currently resides in Redlands.