The Montgomery Herald, Montgomery, W.Va.


September 11, 2012

WVU Tech announces personnel moves

MONTGOMERY — Former WVU Tech football coach Scott Tinsley has been appointed as the school’s head golf coach.

Tinsley is entering into his first full season as the golf coach after leading the Golden Bear football program for the past four seasons until the program was eliminated last fall.

Prior to Tech, Tinsley’s most recent coaching stint was with Nitro High School, where he coached football for 12 years, compiling a 51-20 record with the Wildcats and a state championship in 1998.

The St. Albans native began his playing career as quarterback for Appalachian State University from 1981 to 1982 before an injury sidelined him as a player. From 1983 to 1988, Tinsley served as an assistant coach with ASU before joining WVU Tech’s football staff as an assistant in 1989. Tinsley then coached for two years as the head coach at West Virginia State University prior to accepting the offensive coordinator position at Nitro in 1995.

Tinsley, a St. Albans resident, served as the Nitro offensive coordinator and head coach for six years apiece. While at Nitro, he was also the girls basketball coach for 12 years and softball coach for seven years.

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Also last week, WVU Tech Athletics Director Frank Pergolizzi announced the appointment of Danny Spence as the school’s assistant athletic trainer. During his time at WVU Tech, Spence will primarily oversee all men’s sports teams, including guiding students through first aid, health care and a wellness-based curriculum as a classroom teacher.

Prior to arriving in Montgomery, Spence worked as a graduate assistant with Georgia College’s new wellness and recreation center. He was responsible for weekend operation of the facility while completing a master of arts in teaching degree with a focus in physical education and kinesiology.

Spence also worked for Serenity Physical Therapy in Milledgeville, Georgia as a physical therapy technician.

Before obtaining his master’s, he graduated from Georgia College with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and earned his certification, as well. In this program, he worked in several different settings, including a clinical and outreach environment that provided care for high school and college teams, a Pilates-based physical therapy clinic, and with Bluebird Industrial Plant, focusing on ergonomics.

Originally from Stone Mountain, Ga., Spence completed an athletic training internship with Loras All-Sports Camp in Dubuque, Iowa in 2010. Besides being a certified athletic trainer, he is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and a Georgia certified teacher.

He currently lives in Charleston.

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