Mark Speir

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Mark Speir
Biographical details
BornApril 28, 1968
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Alma mater Clemson, B.A. (1990)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1993 Western Carolina (RB)
1994Western Carolina (OLB)
1995–1996Western Carolina (DL)
1997–1999 Presbyterian (DL)
2000–2001 Elon (RB/ST)
2002Elon (DL)
2003–2004 Appalachian State (RB)
2005–2009Appalachian State (DL)
2009–2010Appalachian State (DE)
2011Appalachian State (ILB)
2012–2020Western Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall33-68

Mark Speir (born April 28, 1968) is an American football coach who most recently served as the head football coach at Western Carolina University. He was released from his duties on April 9th, 2021. He previously served as an assistant coach at Western Carolina, Presbyterian, Elon, and Appalachian State.

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Coaching career

Speir started his coaching career while an undergraduate at Clemson, working as a student assistant from 1986 to 1989. He then spent six seasons on Steve Hodgin's staff at Western Carolina, coaching running backs from 1991-93, linebackers in 1994, and the defensive line in 1995 and 1996 while also serving as recruiting coordinator. Speir moved to then-Division II Presbyterian in 1997, serving on Daryl Dickey's staff through the 1999 season. In 2000, he was hired to Al Seagraves' staff at Elon, where he served until 2002. In 2003, Speir was hired to Jerry Moore's staff at Appalachian State to serve as recruiting coordinator and to coach running backs. From 2005 to 2009, Speir coached the defensive line, and coach defensive ends and inside linebackers in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Speir was on the staff that won three consecutive national championships in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 2009, Speir was named NCAA Division I FCS Assistant Coach of the Year by the AFCA. [1]

Western Carolina (2012-2021)

On December 22, 2011, Speir was named head coach at Western Carolina, replacing the outgoing Dennis Wagner. Speir opened his first season as head coach with a 42-14 win over Mars Hill, and finished his first season with a record of 1-10. Following a 2-10 season in 2013, Speir led the Catamounts to a 7-5 record in 2014, their first winning season since 2001 and runner-up finish in the Southern Conference since joining the league. Spier was granted a four-year extension following the 2014 season. Speir followed up this success with a 7-4 record in 2015, just missing the FCS playoffs. After a disappointing 2-9 record in 2016, Speir rebounded in 2017 with a 7-5 record. After consecutive 3-8, 3-9, and 1-8 seasons in 2018, 2019, and 2020-21, Speir was let go as head coach on April 9th, 2021. Speir finished with a 33-68 record at Western Carolina.

During his tenure at Western Carolina, four players under Speir signed NFL contracts: Keion Crossen, Detrez Newsome, Ian Berryman, and John Brannon. Speir also coached two record-setting Catamount QBs, Troy Mitchell and Tyrie Adams.

Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsRank#
Western Carolina Catamounts (Southern Conference)(2012–2021)
2012 Western Carolina 1–100–89th
2013 Western Carolina 2–101–7T–8th
2014 Western Carolina 7–55–2T–2nd
2015 Western Carolina 7–45–23rd
2016 Western Carolina 2–91–7T–8th
2017 Western Carolina 7–55–34th
2018 Western Carolina 3–81–78th
2019 Western Carolina 3–92–68th
2020-21 Western Carolina 1–81–59th
Western Carolina:33–6820–47
Total:33–68
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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