Courtesy of Lindenwood Sports Information
Lindenwood University Athletics Director John Creer announced on Thursday that Scott Spencer has been named the head coach of the Lady Lions ice hockey program. Spencer will be the second head coach for the Lindenwood program which begins its fourth season of NCAA play in 2014-15.
“We are so excited to find a coach of the caliber of Scott Spencer,” said Creer. “His experience coaching in College Hockey America will be a big asset. His network of contacts is amazing and the recent success he has had working with elite U-19 female ice hockey players should show immediate results with our program.”
"I would like to thank John Creer and Lindenwood University for the opportunity to lead the women's hockey program,” said Spencer. “Lindenwood is a great academic institution with a history of success in athletics along with great facilities. I am excited to get started and working towards building a great women's program here."
Spencer has been a hockey coach for the last 11 years, including the last eight years in women’s hockey. Five of those years were spent in College Hockey America (CHA) when he was a member of the coaching staff at Robert Morris.
For the last two years, Spencer has been the Director of Female Hockey and Female Midget Head Coach at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, British Columbia. Pursuit of Excellence is one of North America’s premiere hockey academies and Spencer oversaw all facets of the women’s program, as well coaching both under-19 AAA hockey teams.
His Pursuit of Excellence teams have had success on the ice, including being a bronze medalist at the 2013 World Sport School National Championships and a silver medalist at the 2014 World Sport School National Championships. Seven players at Pursuit of Excellence became under-18 national team members, and 100 percent of his graduates moved on to play college hockey. His teams had an overall record of 77-38-20 in his two seasons at Pursuit of Excellence.
In 2011-12, Spencer was an assistant coach at Ohio State University. He helped the Buckeyes go 16-16-4 that season, an improvement by several wins over the last season. Among the players he coached that season included Natalie Spooner, an All-American and finalist for the Patty Kazmaier National Player of the Year Award.
Spencer was an assistant coach at Robert Morris University from 2006-2011, including being the Associate Head Coach in 2010-11. He coached seven all-conference players, two conference Rookie of the Year award winners, and one rookie All-American. Spencer was the head recruiting coordinator for the Colonials, including having a hand in recruiting every member of the team that won the 2012 CHA Tournament Championship.
Spencer was an assistant coach in men’s hockey for three seasons at Bemidji State from 2003-2006. He helped the Beavers win two CHA regular season championships, two CHA tournament championships, and two NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. He coached two players that went on and played in the NHL. Also in that span, he was an assistant coach for the Junior A North Iowa Outlaws of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for one season.
Spencer’s student-athletes have also had success off of the ice. While at Pursuit of Excellence, 100 percent of his players made the school’s honor roll. His women’s programs have all had a team GPA of 3.20 or higher, and over 100 players have earned academic all-conference honors. His women’s players also have a 100 percent graduation rate within one year of finishing their playing careers.
Spencer played collegiately at the ACHA Division I level for Minot State. He was a four-year letterwinner and helped the team make three national tournaments. Minot State finished in the top-10 nationally three times, including coming in third in 2001-02. He was a team captain and earned the Player’s Player Award in 2000-01 for his work ethic and putting the team first. Spencer received honorable mention honors at the 2002 ACHA National Tournament.
Spencer received a Bachelor of Science degree from Minot State in 2002 in Physical Education, with a minor in Coaching. He earned his Master’s in Sports Studies from Bemidji State in 2012.
The Lindenwood women’s hockey team is a member of College Hockey America, a NCAA Division I Conference that includes Mercyhurst, Penn State, RIT, Robert Morris, and Syracuse.