Rob Spence Named Chattanooga Christian School Head Football Coach

Friday, February 28, 2014
- photo by Rutgers Athletics

Rob Spence has been hired as the next varsity head coach of the Chattanooga Christian School Chargers football program.

Coach Spence, a former offensive coordinator at both Clemson and Syracuse, brings a wealth of high school and college football coaching experience to CCS. 

Nationally recognized for his offensive prowess, his teams have been ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA in multiple offensive categories during his career, highlighted by his Clemson Tigers’ #1 ranked offense in the ACC, several single season quarterback records at Syracuse University, and his Bethune Cookman #5 ranked rushing offense in the NCAA FCS division.

Spence replaces Barry Royal who stepped down as CCS head coach earlier this month.

Current NFL quarterbacks Charlie Whitehurst, Bruce Gradkowski and Luke McCown, Raiders wide receivers Rod Streater and Jacoby Ford, and Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller have all benefited from Coach Spence’s tutelage. 

His extensive experience at the collegiate level is tempered by his high school head coaching experience building Iona Prep into a New York State powerhouse high school program.  He has spent his summers serving middle school and high school players at quarterback clinics and summer camps throughout his collegiate career and has been a regular speaker on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes national circuit.

Coach Spence said, "I am thrilled at both the opportunity and challenge to serve the community at CCS. It is exciting to continue to build a program that is committed to challenging young men to grow, not only in the field of competition, but in every facet  of mind, body, and spirit."

CCS officials said, "With Coach Spence’s arrival, the addition of David Stanton Stadium, and the planned construction of a new field house and strength and conditioning facility, we look forward to building a great tradition in Chargers football."


Randy Smith: Taking Off The Bracelet

"God doesn't take things away to be cruel. He takes things away to make room for other things. He takes things away to lighten us. He takes things away so we can fly." - Pat Summitt Since the spring of 2012 I have worn an orange and blue bracelet with the words, "Fierce Courage" on one side, and Coach Pat Summitt's signature on the other. For more than four years, that bracelet ... (click for more)

Sweetens Cove Engages Golfers With Nine-Hole Rounds

The USGA PLAY9 initiative encourages participation and enjoyment of the game when golfers don’t have the time or patience for a standard 18-hole round. Sweetens Cove Golf Club offers an interesting nine-hole course that is not only picturesque, but caters to people of every level of the game. “I really wanted to put something on the ground that’s completely different ... (click for more)

Teen Shot Multiple Times On 4th Avenue; 2nd Youth Shot Twice On Pinewood Avenue; Woman Shot Twice On 25th Street

A teen was shot multiple times on 4th Avenue on Monday night. The victim was 19-year-old JaMarcus Davis. A second teen, 18-year-old Jaylain Ballard, was shot twice early Tuesday morning on Pinewood Avenue. Marion Heard, 45, was shot twice early Tuesday morning on 25th Street. In the first incident, Chattanooga Police responded at 7:20 p.m. to the area of the 2600 block ... (click for more)

Volkswagen To Spend Up To $14.7 Billion To Settle Allegations Of Cheating Emissions Tests And Deceiving Customers On 2.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles

In two related settlements, one with the United States and the State of California, and one with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, German automaker Volkswagen AG and related entities have agreed to spend up to $14.7 billion to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests and deceiving customers. Volkswagen will offer consumers a buyback and lease termination for nearly 500,000 ... (click for more)

General Bell: Chattanooga Needs The Coolidge Medal Of Honor Heritage Center - And Response (4)

I'm pleased and indeed compelled to let you know a bit more about the exciting and most honorable "Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center" planned for Coolidge Park.     Here's what the Heritage Center will be:  It will be a fitting capstone for Chattanooga's Coolidge Park on Northshore in downtown Chattanooga.  While this exceptional Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Pat Summitt’s Dash

In 1996 a woman named Linda Ellis wrote one of life’s most beautiful poems. Called “The Dash,” its first two verses read like this: “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. “He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what ... (click for more)