2017-01-19 / Front Page

Spencer Selected for Hall Of Fame Lineup

By Erich T. Doerr

At right: Marty Spencer At right: Marty Spencer Longtime St. Ignace high school football coach Marty Spencer’s career on the sidelines is over but it will not be forgotten. The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association will induct Mr. Spencer into the organization’s hall of fame in March 2018. A plaque will be placed in his honor on the association’s Wall of Fame at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Stadium.

“This is a great feeling,” Mr. Spencer said. “It shows that if you work really hard and are committed to something, you will get recognized for it…This isn’t just a good tribute for me, but for our school, all the players I had over the years, and how the community supports all of our sports, including football.”

Mr. Spencer will be informed later of the date and location for the induction banquet next year, as well as what coaches will be inducted alongside him.

For a coach to be inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, they have recorded at least 100 wins at the varsity level or coached football in Michigan for at least 20 years across all levels ranging from middle school to varsity. Mr. Spencer coached in St. Ignace for 30 years, 20 of them spent as the varsity head coach, posting a 146- 67 record during that time. The Hall of Fame Committee is comprised of the organization’s past presidents.

This “puts you into a category of those who have been really successful as football coaches in Michigan,” Mr. Spencer said.

Mr. Spencer’s induction into the half of fame will fittingly place him alongside former Essexville Garber coach Ed Harvey, the coach he played high school football for from 1974 to 1978. Mr. Spencer is honored that he will be listed on the same wall as Mr. Harvey, noting the Garber Dukes coach was a mentor to him.

Mr. Spencer will receive a ring and a place of honor on the Wall of Fame inside Michigan Stadium, the fabled Big House where the University of Michigan Wolverines college football team plays its home games. The plaque will include his picture. The Wall of Fame, installed in 2010 during renovations at the stadium, is located near the stadium’s southeast tower, the portion of the structure nearest the Crisler Center. The Big House is a special place for Mr. Spencer, as he attended Wolverines football games there as a child with his uncle.

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