Coach's Corner-Jason Spencer

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By Greg Woods

Basic Bio




Middletown, OH

High School

Wayne County


Union College

Teaching position

Special Education Teacher

Coaching Background

Coaching football for 15 years. Spent 8 years as an assistant at Wayne County, 4 years as an assistant at Southwestern High School in Pulaski County and I am now into my 3rd year at Henry County.


Married to Kelli Upchurch-Spencer for almost 17 years; two sons Trevyn (15) and Griffyn (10) and my little girl Kynsli (4).

Outside interests



Outside interests are my children and their activities and attending church.

Why did you get into coaching?



I got into coaching so that I could make a change in the lives of young people. The area that I felt I could have the biggest impact in and affect the most people was in the coaching field. I have been blessed with the opportunity to directly impact the lives of 62 players and the families that are connected to them in a positive way.

What is your coaching philosophy? 



3 Non-negotiables.

One- all people are valuable

 Two- proper feedback is the key

Three- speak greatness into the life of every individual.

What has been the highlight of your athletic career? (Including your own playing days).



The highlight is just the memories that I have taken with me. I have also taken many of the life lessons from when I was a player and infused them into my everyday life.

If you could have a couple of hours with any great coaching legend past or present who would it be? Why?



 I would have to say Woody Hayes.  The reason I say that is because I am a big Ohio State fan and I would like to hear his philosophy of coaching and how he would incorporate it with today’s athlete.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you have for your players?



In life, as in football it’s not how many times you get knocked down. It’s how many times you choose to get up.

If you could change one thing about high school athletics what would it be? Why?



The classification system that high school football uses in Kentucky.  I would want it to go back to the old 4 class system with one super class for all the bigger schools.