Director of Athletics at Colorado School of Mines
Tom Spicer begins his fifth year as the Director of Athletics at Colorado School of Mines in 2008-09. He began his appointment at CSM on May 13, 2004, after spending 15 years in the same capacity at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
With more than 36 years of experience as an administrator and coach, Spicer brings a wealth of knowledge to the Colorado School of Mines Department of Athletics.
Spicer played an instrumental role in the development of the CSM Student Recreation Center, which opened in 2007-08 and serves as the home for the Oredigger volleyball, basketball and swimming & diving teams. The Clear Creek Project, which is a multi-phase initiative to develop, expand and upgrade the facilities of CSM Athletics, also commenced under Spicer’s adminstration. The Clear Creek Project began with extensive renovations to the CSM Softball Field and the Jim Darden Baseball Field, and will continue with the construction of a new soccer stadium, the Stermole Track & Field Complex and a new 6,000-seat football facility featuring state-of-the-art amenities.
At Fort Hays, Spicer presided over two national championship teams, including the 1990-91 women’s basketball title and the 1995-96 men’s basketball championship. In 2000, the Tiger baseball team earned World Series runner-up honors, as well. Spicer’s fundraising efforts were largely responsible for improvements that were made to Lewis Field Stadium, the home of the Fort Hays State University football team. Through his efforts, the stadium was renovated with new synthetic surfaces on both the football field and track and a new two-story press box was constructed at the stadium. Spicer was inducted into the FHSU Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2008.
A native of Beaver, Oklahoma, Spicer earned a bachelor of science degree from Fort Hays State in 1972 and played on the varsity football team for the Tigers during his undergraduate career. He also received his master of science degree from FHSU in 1977.
Spicer has also been the Director of Athletics and Director of Student Affairs at Butler County Community College and has experience as the Director of Athletics, physical education instructor, head football coach and track coach for the Durant, Oklahoma, School District. He also coached wrestling, football, track & field and baseball at Bishop Miege and F.L. Schlagle High Schools.
Spicer and his wife, the former Kathy McGovern, have three daughters (Amber, Kristen and Allison) and a son (Matt).