Steve Spencer enters his fifth season on the Bruin coaching staff and his diverse coaching experience has contributed greatly to UCLA's successes over the last four years.
During Spencer's four seasons as a Bruin assistant, UCLA has averaged nearly 23 victories a year and has advanced to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including the 2000 and 1998 "Sweet 16" and the 1997 "Elite Eight". In Spencer's first season (1996-97) at UCLA, the Bruins captured their third consecutive Pacific-10 championship.
Earning a reputation around the country as one of the top one-on-one workout coaches, Spencer, 40, came to UCLA after three years of assistant coaching in the Australian National Basketball League. From 1994-96, he was an assistant with the Adelaide 36ers and from 1995-96, he was also the head coach for the North Adelaide Rockets club team.
From 1989-94, Spencer was an assistant coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, under then-head coach Mike Dunlap. During that time, the Kingsmen won three conference titles and made two appearances in the NCAA Div. III Sweet 16. In 1993, Cal Lutheran was ranked No. 1 in the nation for several weeks.
Before entering the college coaching ranks, from 1985-89, Spencer was an assistant varsity and head junior varsity basketball coach at his alma mater, Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo. While at Sir Francis Drake, from 1987-89, Spencer was also an assistant men's and women's varsity tennis coach.
Spencer, an accomplished camp clinician, is the coaching director of UCLA's basketball camps during the summer. He has been director and lead clinician for the Lavin, Dunlap, Pump and Shot Doctor Basketball Camps and lead clinician and coach for the Magic Johnson and Pirate Basketball Camps. From 1987-89, Spencer was the commissioner of the Nike/ARC Basketball Spring League in Marin County, CA and the Sir Francis Drake High School Summer Basketball League.
As a player, Spencer accumulated experience at the collegiate, junior college and high school levels. In 1984, he was a starting guard at Sonoma State in Rohnert Park and also lettered on the varsity track team as a distance runner. Before transferring to Sonoma State, Spencer attended the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA. While at the College of Marin, he was a starting guard from 1979-81, earning All-League honors in 1980-81 and was voted the team's Best Defensive Player from 1979-81. Spencer was a standout prep guard at Sir Francis Drake from 1976-78. In 1977-78, he earned first-team All-League and was Sir Francis Drake's captain and Most Valuable Player.
Three of UCLA's four coaches all attended Sir Francis Drake High School. Spencer was a senior in 1977-78 and Bruin head coach Steve Lavin and assistant Jim Saia were seniors at Sir Francis Drake in 1981-82.
Spencer earned his Masters Degree in counseling and guidance from Cal Lutheran in 1993. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Sonoma State in 1985. In 1986 at Sonoma State, he earned his teaching credential in physical education with a biology supplement. In 1981, he earned his A. A. Science degree from the College of Marin. While at the College of Marin in 1981, Spencer also received the Male Scholar/Athlete Dr. Harry Hensler Scholarship Award.
An accomplished writer, Spencer has had several coaching and instructional articles published by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Winning Hoops. As a senior at Sir Francis Drake High School in 1978, Spencer was a winner in the Quill and Scroll National Sports Writing contest and earned recognition in the sports writer category from the Press Club of San Francisco.
Spencer, who is single, was born April 24, 1960 in San Francisco.