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By LARRY GOFFINET
LEOPOLD—Former Perry Central and Tell City football coach Mike Spencer was hired as Corydon’s head coach Tuesday.
Spencer, 67, was hired as interim coach for one year but said Thursday he might be open to doing it longer.
He retired at Perry Central in the spring of 2012. He compiled a 119-29 record in 12 years there and a 204-100 record overall in 26 years as a head coach, including 68-19 in seven years at Tell City.
After leaving Perry Central he served as a consultant one year for Corydon Coach Darin Ward, whom he had known since Ward played for Boonville when Spencer coached at Tell City.
Then after moving to Corydon last year, Spencer formally joined Ward’s staff as the offensive line coach.
Ward recently left to become Charlestown’s coach, so the Corydon administration asked Spencer if he would take his place.
“We lost a head coach very late, with summer conditioning and all that stuff getting ready to start,” noted Spencer.
“There were some kids on the team that I’ve grown to know, and I would not put their season in jeopardy.”
One of the players on the team is Spencer’s grandson, senior Nathan Schmitt, who starred at defensive end and also played offensive guard last year.
“I don’t know that we have a large group of seniors, but we have a nice group of hard workers,” said Spencer. “And we have some younger guys ready to fill in.”