Spencer retired in 1988

Updated: June 16, 2004, 8:31 PM ET
Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Jack Spencer, who coached Nevada to 123 victories and three conference championships between 1959 and 1972 has died in Davenport, Iowa, at the age of 81.

Spencer, who spent 28 years at Nevada including his 13 as head coach, had been in failing health with emphysema.

He resigned after the 1972 season, then returned as an assistant to Jim Padgett, Jim Carey, Sonny Allen and Len Stevens before retiring after the 1988 season. Spencer was inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

Spencer was born and reared in Davenport and was a four-year starter at guard for the Iowa Hawkeyes, who won the Big 10 title in Spencer's sophomore season in 1945.

At Nevada, Spencer's teams won Far West Conference championships in 1961, 1963 and 1966. His 1965-66 team went 21-6 overall and 10-0 in conference.

Spencer is survived by his wife, Maureen, and one niece. Funeral services will be held Friday in Davenport.


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