One of college football’s top young offensive minds, Jake Spavital is in his first season as Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after two seasons at West Virginia under Dana Holgorsen.
In five seasons on collegiate coaching staffs, Spavital has served under Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, Holgorsen, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. He has worked with a series of record-setting quarterbacks in Case Keenum at the University of Houston, Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State and Geno Smith at West Virginia.
Spavital served on Sumlin’s coaching staff with Kingsbury at the University of Houston in 2009 where he served as graduate assistant with the Cougar offense. The 2009 Cougars went 10-4 and led the nation in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense. Houston was the only non-BCS school to beat three BCS schools with victories over Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State.
At West Virginia, Spavital worked with Smith, who finished his career in 2012 with over 11,000 passing yards and 98 touchdowns while completing 988-of-1,465 passes (67.4 completion percentage). Last season, the Mountaineer offense ranked in the top 10 in passing, scoring and total offense and fifth nationally in passing efficiency as West Virginia earned a spot in the Pinstripe Bowl.
In his first season at West Virginia, Spavital helped lead the Mountaineers to a 10-3 record and a win over Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl. The Mountaineer offense ranked in the top 20 nationally in passing, scoring and total offense and passing efficiency, and Smith earned Orange Bowl MVP honors after accounting for seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) in the 70-33 victory.
Prior to West Virginia, Spavital was a graduate assistant for the offense at Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy and then-Cowboys offensive coordinator Holgorsen. During his one season in Stillwater, the Cowboys ranked in the top three nationally in passing, scoring and total offense, and led the NCAA FBS in red zone efficiency. Oklahoma State posted an 11-2 record and won the Alamo Bowl.
Spavital began his coaching career at Tulsa as an offensive quality control assistant in 2008. The Golden Hurricane, then coached by Malzahn, led the nation in total offense and posted an 11-3 record with a win in the GMAC Bowl.
As a player, Spavital was a two-year letterwinner as a quarterback and punter for Missouri State. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State in 2008. A native of Tulsa, Okla., Spavital was a first-team all-state quarterback as a senior after throwing for more than 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushing for 600-plus yards and 17 scores. He led Union to a 12-1 record and No. 3 national ranking as a senior and an Oklahoma Class 6A state title and No. 2 national ranking as a junior.
THE SPAVITAL FILE
Born: May 1, 1985
Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.
Missouri State, bachelor’s degree in business administration, 2008
2006-07: Missouri State (QB/punter)
2013-pres.: Texas A&M (co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
2011-12: West Virginia (quarterbacks)
2010: Oklahoma State (grad assistant)
2009: Houston (grad assistant)
2008: Tulsa (offensive quality control)
2012: Pinstripe Bowl (West Virginia)
2011: Orange Bowl (West Virginia)
2010: Alamo Bowl (Oklahoma State)
2009: Armed Forces Bowl (Houston)
2008: GMAC Bowl (Tulsa)