Tom Spencer enters his 17th season as the head softball coach at Baldwin Wallace University in 2021. Spencer, who is in his 22nd overall year of coaching, also served as the BW head coach from 2000-2002.
Spencer and his staff were named as the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year. That marked the second time that Spencer has been honored by the OAC. He was also named the 2001 OAC Coach of the Year.
In 2019, Spencer and his staff set the school-record for wins in a season with 33, advanced to the OAC Tournament and coached the OAC Rookie of the Year. The 33 victories bested the previous record of 28 wins which had been set in 1992 under the legendary Marcia French and was tied by Spencer in 2001 and 2011. He and his staff led the Yellow Jackets to the 2011 OAC Tournament title, a 28-11 overall record and a NCAA Division III National Tournament berth.
|Tom Spencer Numbers|
|Career Record (21 years)
|Record at BW (15 years)||312-273-1 (.532)|
|OAC Coach of the Year:||2001 and 2011|
Spencer returned to BW in 2007-08 as the head coach and a professor in the Division of Health and Physical Education.
Prior to returning to BW, Spencer posted a 51-94 mark at NCAA Division I Butler (Ind.) University and an 65-20 mark in two seasons at NAIA Notre Dame College (Ohio).
In Spencer's first tenure at BW, the Yellow Jackets won 20 games each year. Overall, his teams were 70-52. In addition to coaching softball at the University, Spencer was the Head Women's Golf Coach and served as an assistant women's basketball coach.
With the BW women's hoops team, Spencer served as Cheri Harrer's main assistant and helped BW to five consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III National Tournament, including two straight "Elite Eight" finishes.
Spencer began the women's golf program and led it to a No.3 regional ranking in its first season. He then led the team to consecutive appearances at the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Spencer earned a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in 1984 and a teaching certificate from Cleveland State University in 1988. Prior to BW, he served as a teacher and softball and basketball coach at Fairview High School.