Glenn Spencer will become the new defensive coordinator with the Charlotte 49ers after leaving Oklahoma State in the offseason.
The university announced his hiring Tuesday afternoon. Charlotte coach Brad Lambert said he was “impressed with the job [Spencer] has done over the years. He’s coached defense at a high level and has had alot [sic] of success,” according to the release.
Spencer cited his desire to work with Lambert as a reason to for taking the Charlotte job. The Georgia native also said he appreciated the opportunity to move closer to his home state.
“I have deep roots in the Southeast and to get back closer to my family and parents in Georgia was big,” he said according to the release. “This area, you are around a lot of talent that can get a program going in the right direction.”
Spencer was fired by Oklahoma State in January after 10 years with the Cowboys. In 2017, Oklahoma State had the fourth-best defense in the Big 12, but had a few blow-up games that cost the Cowboys. Oklahoma State gave up 62 points to Oklahoma, 45 to Kansas State and 44 to TCU in losses, and managed to slip past West Virginia despite allowing 42 points.
The Cowboys brought in former Duke defensive coordinator Jim Knowles to fill Spencer’s role as defensive coordinator in late January.
Charlotte finished 1-11 last season, including a 1-7 mark in Conference USA’s East Division.