Hall of Fame worthy

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Former Purdy athletic director to be honored

Alan Spencer, former Purdy athletic director and Monett coach, will be recognized as part of the 2019 Missouri Elite 11 which honors former high school and college standouts, as well as those who have made positive contributions to the game of football in the Show-Me State.

Spencer is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees. He graduated from Webb City in 1969 after earning All-Conference in football and winning a state long jump championship.

At Pittsburg State, he was a four-sport athlete and a three-sport letterman in football, basketball and track. In 1972, he was an NAIA football All-American and finished his career as Pitt State’s all-time leading receiver with 1,241 yards on 62 catches.

Spencer was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 12th round but was waived after rookie camp. A year later, he played three games for the Detroit Lions. He then coached from 1975 to 2010, including in assistant roles at Neosho, Wake Forest University and for Rogers (Ark.). He later was Monett’s athletic director and head coach for nine years. Spencer also served as the head coach at Nevada, Central and Parkview high schools.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Missouri Football

Coaches Association and Pitt State Halls of Fame. Webb City retired his No. 40 jersey.

Spencer recently retired after serving as Purdy High School’s athletic director.

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