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Former head coach returns to PC to work on defense
The Presbyterian College football team is undergoing renovations as it seeks to rebound from a 2-9 season that included an 0-6 record in the Big South Conference.
One of the areas needing a facelift is the defense, which placed last in the Big South in many categories.
Perhaps the biggest move by coach Harold Nichols involved bringing in former Blue Hose head coach Tommy Spangler as defensive coordinator. Nichols had worked with Spangler previously at PC and Georgia Southern.
“Coach Spangler is an outstanding football coach,” PC head coach Harold Nichols said Thursday at Big South Media Day here. “To be able to have the opportunity to coach with him again is really special.”
Spangler is installing “a little different terminology, a little different alignment,” Nichols said.
“Coach Spangler brings a mental toughness and an understanding of how the parts make up the sum,” Nichols said. “He’ll make immediate impact on our football team, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and I don’t think that can be understated.”
The Blue Hose are counting on the changes to improve on the points (37.9 per game) and yards allowed (501) from a year ago.
“You’ve got to be multiple on defense to be able to defend a lot of different formations and personnel groupings,” Nichols said. “I think Coach Spangler’s defense gives our kids the best opportunity to defend all those different things that they see.”
Nichols said PC’s defense depended on a lot of young players a year ago, and the increased maturity level should translate into better results.
Junior linebacker Donelle Williams, who was third in the Big South last year with 103 tackles, said it will be important for defensive players to “make tackles as a team instead of solo tackles. We need to get around the ball more.”
by Myron Hosea, Greenville News