SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Todd Spencer, who has coached football for nearly four decades, has been selected by head coach Tim Walsh to succeed Saga Tuitele as offensive line coach at Cal Poly.
In addition, Juston Wood, who has coached the wide receivers and quarterbacks over the last seven seasons, will assume Tuitele's role as offensive coordinator of the Mustangs.
Tuitele, offensive line coach for eight seasons and co-offensive coordinator for five years before the "co-" was removed from the title in 2013, left the Mustang football program two weeks ago to become offensive line coach and running game coordinator at New Mexico.
Five of Spencer's teams over the last 11 years led the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing. Cal Poly has finished No. 1 in rushing in the Football Championship Subdivision each of the last three seasons, including a school and Big Sky Conference record 387.3 yards per contest last fall.
"To find a man with his vast experience in relation to our offense in the time we had was amazing," said Walsh, who begins his eighth season as head coach of the Mustangs next week. "I believe we have an opportunity to improve and I am really excited to work with Todd on and off the field."
Named one of the top five offensive line coaches in the nation by CBSSports.com in the summer of 2008, Spencer is well versed both in the option attack and service academy football. He has worked with option offenses for the majority of his career, including 23 years as an offensive line coach at the Division I level.
For the last three years, Spencer was offensive line coach at Army in West Point, N.Y. He worked the 2013 campaign under former Cal Poly head coach Rich Ellerson, who was head coach at the United States Military Academy from 2009-13. Ellerson currently is defensive coordinator under former Mustang assistant coach Ian Shields at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.
Prior to his stint with the Black Knights, Spencer spent four seasons as the co-offensive line coach at Georgia Tech, where he worked primarily with the tackles from 2008-11.
In his four seasons in Atlanta, Spencer's charges earned six All-ACC certificates, including four first-team selections. The Yellow Jackets led the ACC in total offense in 2008 and 2009 while running the triple-option offense. The team led the nation in rushing for the first time in school history in 2010 after a runner-up showing in 2009.
Prior to joining the staff at Georgia Tech, he spent 11 seasons as the offensive line coach at Navy. The Mids won the Commander In Chief's Trophy and made postseason appearances in each of Spencer's last four seasons. Navy led the nation in rushing four times during his tenure in Annapolis, including three straight years from 2005-07. In addition to posting the top-ranked rushing offense, the 2003 squad set school records for total rushing yards (4,202), yards per attempt (5.5), rushing touchdowns (44), total offense (5,506), total offense per game (423.5) and yards per play (6.0).
Before his position at Navy, Spencer was the offensive line coach at Oregon State from 1991-96. The team finished second in the nation in rushing in 1993, averaging 300.6 yards per game.
Spencer also served one-year stints as the offensive line coach at Northern Illinois (1990) and UTEP (1989). He was the offensive coordinator at Southern Utah in 1988 and held the same position at Trinity Valley Community College in 1986-87.
Spencer began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas Lutheran, working with wide receivers in 1979. He also served as a defensive graduate assistant at Linfield College for two seasons (1980-81). After a two-year run as a high school assistant in Texas, Spencer re-entered the collegiate ranks as a graduate assistant at Oregon where he worked with the defensive backs in 1984. In 1985, he held his first offensive line post, serving as the graduate assistant at Texas.
Spencer played defensive back at Whitworth and Pacific Lutheran, earning his bachelor's degree in physical education from the latter in 1979. A Beaverton, Ore., native, Spencer went on to earn a master's degree from Linfield in 1981.
He is the father of two daughters, Whitney and Ashley.
Wood, who was a quarterback in the Arena Football League for three seasons, coached the wide receivers at Cal Poly from 2009-13 and switched to coach the quarterbacks prior to the 2013 Spring Camp.
Wood played under Walsh at Portland State in the early 2000s, twice earning Academic All-American honors from the Athletic Directors Association. He was a first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection at quarterback in 2001 and honorable mention in 2002, and served as the Vikings' team captain both seasons.
A free agent with the Minnesota Vikings during the 2003 preseason, Wood passed for 5,653 yards and 37 touchdowns in his Portland State career with six 300-yard passing games and led the Big Sky in passing as a junior.
Wood played football at David Douglas High School in Portland and served as an assistant coach for his father at David Douglas High School for four seasons (2005-08). He earned his bachelor's degree in public health education at Portland State in 2003 and married his wife Lindsay two years ago in Portland.
Mustang players report next Friday for meetings, with the first day of Fall Camp set for Saturday, August 6. Opening game of the 2016 season is Friday, Sept. 2, at Nevada.