University of Mary names Tanner Spencer head baseball coach

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Tanner Spencer joins the Marauders after serving as the assistant head baseball coach at Minot State University.

Spencer takes over for former Marauders head coach Mark Moriarty. The University of Mary announced in November that Moriarty accepted a coaching position where he will develop minor league pitchers for the Minnesota Twins.

"Tanner Spencer is an extraordinary young coach who has the ability to connect with his players and achieve impressive results," said Marauders Director of Athletics Dale Lennon. "His understanding and appreciation of how technology can be used to develop players mirrors what Coach Moriarty has already started with our program and the two share many similar philosophies. Tanner is ready to be a head coach and continue to build on our baseball program's forward momentum."

This will be Spencer’s first head coaching opportunity at the Division II level.

"I would like to thank Monsignor Shea, Dale Lennon and the entire search committee for giving me the opportunity to serve the University of Mary baseball team," said Spencer. "Humbled and honored to be selected as the next Marauders head baseball coach, I'm looking forward to continue building the culture and player-centered program that Coach Moriarty and the entire coaching staff have laid the groundwork for.

Spencer continued, "I'm tremendously excited about the current group's ability to compete right away and their level of 'buy-in' on player development as we continue to elevate the program into a consistent competitor at the top of the Northern Sun. I look forward to using the platform of baseball to help develop virtuous young men who will be impactful and positively represent the University of Mary far after their graduation."

Spencer will be introduced in person and answer questions from the media at the Marauders Athletic Luncheon Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. That starts at 11:45 a.m. in Chick's Place on campus.