POSTED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 2:18pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 6:35pm
UTEP Coach Sean Kugler continued to add to his staff with the addition of Spencer Leftwich as assistant head coach and offensive line coach on Wednesday.
He has coached in eight bowl games as an assistant coach – 2001 & 2002 New Orleans (North Texas), 2003 Humanitarian (Tulsa), 2005 Liberty (Tulsa), 2006 Armed Forces (Tulsa), 2010 Hawaii (Tulsa), 2011 BBVA Compass (Pittsburgh) and 2012 New Mexico (Arizona).
“Coach Leftwich has over 25 years of Division I offensive line experience,” Kugler said. “He has coached at New Mexico State, North Texas, Tulsa, Pittsburgh and Arizona. He has had outstanding lines everywhere he has been. He is a tremendous teacher. He has great character and comes from a great family. You’re not going to find a better offensive line coach.”
Leftwich comes to El Paso after one season as the tight ends coach at Arizona. He helped the Wildcats fashion an 8-5 mark in 2012, including a 49-48 win over Nevada in the Gilden New Mexico Bowl. Arizona’s offense rated among the nation’s finest, securing top-25 rankings in scoring (16th, 38.2 ppg), rushing (17th, 227.8 ypg) and passing (298.4 ypg). The Wildcats averaged 526.2 yards per contest to rate seventh in the country.
Leftwich’s other responsibilities with the Wildcats included coordinating offensive special teams including the PAT, field goal, punt and kickoff return units.
Leftwich began his career as offensive line coach at Stephen F. Austin from 1989-91. In 1989, the Lumberjacks finished 12-2-1 and played in the I-AA national championship game.
He was also the O-Line coach at New Mexico State (1992-93) before enjoying two separate stints at both North Texas and Tulsa from 1994-2010. Leftwich was the offensive line coach for the Mean Green from 1994-2002 and 2007-09. In his first term at UNT, he had at least one lineman earn all-conference recognition in eight of nine years. In 2007, North Texas established school records for total offense and passing offense. In 2009, North Texas had the no. 28 rushing attack in the NCAA with 185.3 yards per game while bettering the school standard for total yards (4,904). The Mean Green also ended the campaign ranked no. 10 in sacks allowed with one per outing.
He was Tulsa’s offensive line coach from 2003-06 and again in 2010. In 2003, Tulsa rated no. 23 nationally in rushing with 196 yards per game. The Golden Hurricane won the Conference USA title in 2005, and finished 10-3 in 2010 with the no. 5 offense in the country (505.6 ypg). Leftwich coached seven different players to eight all-conference accolades in his five seasons with the Hurricane.
In 2011, Leftwich was the offensive line coach at Pittsburgh.
The Gainesville, Texas native was a three-year starter at guard and a two-time All-Conference honoree at Stephen F. Austin. He graduated in 1988 and added a master’s degree from East Texas State in 1989.
Leftwich and his wife, LaTonne, have three sons – Mack Hays, Cutter and Gage.