With over a quarter century of collegiate coaching experience, Spencer Leftwich doubles as UTEP's assistant head coach and offensive line coach and is in his fifth season.

In 2016, UTEP ranked t-third in Conference USA in sacks allowed per game (1.83), while yielding only 22 sacks on the season. Leftwich mentored All-American offensive lineman Will Hernandez who started all 12 games at the left guard position. Hernandez has started every game (37) in his career at the left guard position.

Hernandez returned for his senior campaign in 2017.

The offensive line also paved the way for Conference USA’s fifth-ranked rushing attack (185.5 yards per game). The Miners punched in 20 rushing touchdowns and rushed for 230-plus yards four times including a season-most 384 yards on 40 attempts (14.6 avg.) against UNT. The Miners also rambled for 323 yards on 44 carries against Houston Baptist. The Miners opened the season with a 289-yard performance against rival NM State; added 237 yards at Florida Atlantic.

UTEP signal callers have been sacked 74 times in 49 contests (1.5 per game) the last four seasons. During the previous three campaigns (37 games), Miner quarterbacks went down 84 times (2.3 per game).

Leftwich’s unit opened gaping holes for All-American running back Aaron Jones, who rushed for a program-best 1,773 yards and 17 scores.

Greg Long also excelled under Leftwich, being named to the C-USA All-Freshman team in 2016. Long played in nine contest with four starts as a true freshman.

He has coached in nine bowl games previously as an assistant - 2001 and 2002 New Orleans (North Texas), 2003 Humanitarian (Tulsa), 2005 Liberty (Tulsa), 2006 Armed Forces (Tulsa), 2010 Hawaii (Tulsa), 2011 BBVA Compass (Pittsburgh), 2012 New Mexico (Arizona) and 2014 New Mexico (UTEP).

In 2015 the offensive unit only surrendered 12 sacks. The Miners ranked first in Conference USA and tied for sixth nationally in fewest sacks allowed. The Miners’ signal callers on the sacks, lost a combined 67 yards which, was the fewest in C-USA and fourth-least in the nation. The line earned recognition as senior Eric Lee was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List and Will Hernandez garnered All-C-USA honorable mention. The unit was also known for commanding the field, ranking sixth in the nation in possession time (33:38) and 10th nationally in fewest penalties (57).

Leftwich worked wonders while coaching a young offensive line that only had one senior (Jerel Watkins) in 2014. The group allowed just 13 sacks all season and the Miners averaged 207.8 yards rushing (2,701 total), including 300+ in four games. Aaron Jones rushed for 1,321 yards, fourth-most in a season in school history. When the year began UTEP had two freshmen (Derek Elmendorff and Hernandez), a sophomore (Jerome Daniels) and a junior college transfer (Lee) joining Watkins in the lineup. That group had combined for one college start entering the season.

Leftwich's first offensive line at UTEP paved the way for the team to rush for 2,216 yards, most in 25 years. The Miners compiled six 200-yard rushing games led by Jones, who set a school freshman record with 811 yards on the ground in 2013.

Leftwich came 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 Gildan 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. Son Mack is a quarterback for UTEP.

Spencer Leftwich

Spencer  Leftwich

Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line

Alma Mater:
Stephen F. Austin 1988

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