Arron Spencer is in his second season as an assistant coach for the reigning Southern Conference champion College of Charleston men's and women's tennis programs.
Spencer joined the Cougars' staff during the 2011-12 season as both teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament and were crowned SoCon Tournament champions. He previously coached and developed juniors and adults of all levels locally in the Charleston area from 2007-09. He mentored a former Peach State Classic singles champion and two Copper Bowl doubles champions. Prior to his time in the Lowcountry, Spencer served as a head tennis professional at the Albany Tennis Club in Albany, Ore.
"Arron's technical eye for the game is second to none," CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. "I will lean on his doubles knowledge extensively and know he will be a gem on the recruiting trail for us with his outstanding personality."
A philanthropist, Spencer is the co-founder and director of Positive Change Project, Inc., a 501c3 organization (www.thepositivechangeproject.org) which strives to make a positive change in the world by supplying those in need with basic necessities of life, like food, water and shelter. In the organization's first year, it successfully raised funds to implement a feeding scheme and garden program in Sada, South Africa.
Originally from Eugene, Ore., Spencer played collegiate tennis at the University of Oregon from 2002-06 and was a member of the 2004 NCAA Tournament squad. He was ranked as high as No. 9 nationally in the ITA doubles rankings and closed out his four-year career ranked fifth all-time in school history in individual doubles victories and third all-time in single-season doubles victories.
Off the court, he was named team captain for the Ducks during his senior campaign, served as Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) vice president and was elected by his fellow peers to represent the U of O at the Pac-10 SAAC Conference. Spencer also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Children's Miracle Network as well as multiple student-athlete functions working with children in the Eugene-Springfield community.
A four-time Midwestern League champion, going undefeated all four years, Spencer led Sheldon High School to the program's first state championship title in 2001. He was named Freshman Athlete of the Year by the Eugene Register Guard and was an accomplished junior tennis player ranked No. 1 in the Pacific Northwest region in 18's, ranked among the top 70 in the nation in singles in 16's and No. 5 in the nation in doubles in 14's. Spencer was also a National Hard Courts doubles finalist and National Clay Courts doubles semifinalist.
A 2007 Oregon graduate with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in business, Spencer is married to the former Lauren Vehorn of Queenstown, South Africa, and the couple currently resides in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., with their dog, Jack. He enjoys wakeboarding, surfing and watching college football in his spare time.