The Miami Beach, Florida native grew up in Tennessee as a multi-sport star at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN. The 1966 Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida (UF) became a legendary collegiate head coach winning one ACC Championship (Duke), seven SEC Championships (UF), and a national championship (UF) in a 12-year span.
In 2005, Coach Spurrier accepted the head coaching job at theUniversity of South Carolina (UofSC). He took the Gamecock program to new heights, leading them to three of the four 10-win seasons in program history, as well as the school’s only three 11-win seasons, top-10 poll finishes, and its first SEC East division title. While there, he also produced a first overall NFL draft pick in Jadeveon Clowney. Spurrier led the Gamecocks to five straight victories over in-state rival Clemson.
Coach Spurrier retired as the winningest coach in both UF and UofSC history. Coach Spurrier was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986 and as a coach in 2017, making him one of four members to be inducted as both a player and a coach. In 2016, Spurrier returned to UF as an ambassador and consultant to the athletic department. Coach Spurrier married his college sweetheart, Jerri, on September 14,1966. They have four children—Lisa, Amy, Steve, Jr., and Scott.
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