Staff
Head Coach
Tommy Spangler

Tommy Spangler begins his eighth year as head coach at PC and second since the 2006 season, after being promoted from defensive coordinator on Nov. 22, 2016.

Spangler just finished his fifth year back at PC, and 15th season overall, after having served as a defensive coordinator, an assistant coach, and head coach.

In 2018, the Blue Hose defense was ranked 8th in FCS allowing just 164.0 yards per contest. The defense allowed just two teams to throw for more than 200 yards in a game. As a team the Blue Hose have six interceptions as well as forcing 25 pass breakups this season.

Earlier this season, the defense was ranked first nationally in third down defense, holding opponents to 25.5% through the first six games. Donelle Williams, a linebacker under Spangler, finished his career third in Big South history in total tackles with 402. Ed Britt tied the school single season and career record for interceptions with four his last season and seven for his career.

Under Spangler several Blue hose have earned Big South defensive all-conference honors, including two in 2014 and three in 2015.

In his first season back, in 2014, Spangler helped PC to a 6-5 record, the program’s first winning season since 2007. His defense shut down opponents and led to Blue Hose ranked wins over No. 12 Furman and No. 22 Charleston Southern.

Against FCS competition, PC finished with a 5-2 record, its only two losses coming to FCS playoff teams Coastal Carolina and Liberty. PC's defense set new school Division I records in nearly every category, including total offense yards (4163), opponent points scored (270), opponent touchdowns (36) and opponent total offense per game (378.5 yards). Those records come in a season that saw the Blue Hose play three FBS teams and against FCS competition, PC allowed only 15.9 points and 310.0 total offense yards per game. The Blue Hose also finished the season with the nation's second-ranked red zone defense.

Blue Hose defensive players earned four weekly awards in 2015, including the entire defense receiving the Big South Defensive Player of the Week award for PC's win over Western Carolina. Defensive back Ed Britt and linebacker Donelle Williams also earned First Team All-Big South honors in 2015 under Spangler.

Spangler spent six years as defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech prior to returning to PC. During that time, Spangler took a Bulldog defense that ranked dead last in the country (among FBS programs) in scoring defense, rushing defense and total defense prior to his arrival and coached them into one of the top defensive units in the Western Athletic Conference.

He guided a defense that had six All-WAC selections in 2011, and that scored six defensive touchdowns, the best scoring defense Tech saw in two decades. The Bulldog defense ended the year ranked 13th in the nation in turnover margin and had a +15 turnover margin during the team's seven-game winning streak.

Spangler was a 2011 Broyles Award nominee for his defensive efforts that season.

Spangler has spent almost three decades as a full-time coach on the college football sideline. He began his first 10 years at Georgia Southern, helping lead the program to a pair of Division I-AA national titles.

After taking the job as the secondary coach for the Eagles in 1987, Spangler was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 1990 and then took over the sole reins of the program's defense in 1992.

The Stone Mountain, Ga., native earned the Southern Conference Defensive Coach of the Year Award in 1993 as the Eagles won the league title and advanced to the playoffs. His defense ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense.

Spangler spent 10 seasons at PC the first time around, first as an assistant coach from 1997- 2000 and then as head coach from 2001-06, During his six years as PC's head football coach, Spangler guided the Blue Hose to a 42-24 record - a mark that stands as the highest winning percentage (.571) among the school's 14 head football coaches.

In 2006, Spangler's defense ranked first in the South Atlantic Conference in scoring defense (13.2 ppg) and total defense (233.5 ypg) en route to a 7-4 record. In 2005, he led PC to a 10-2 mark, the South Atlantic Conference title, the school's first appearance ever in the NCAA Division II playoffs, and a top 10 national ranking, earning him the league's Coach of the Year Award.

Spangler garnered two American Football Coaches Association Region 2 Coach of the Year Awards while with the Blue Hose. His defenses were ranked in the top half of the South Atlantic Conference in all defensive categories each of his last eight seasons there, and his 1998 Blue Hose unit forced 48 turnovers in 11 games, and ranked first nationally in turnover margin (+2.27).

Offensive Coordinator
Joey Orck

Joey Orck begins his fifth year as an assistant coach with the Blue Hose in 2016, working with the offensive line.

In 2014, Orck helped PC to a 6-5 record, the program’s first winning season since 2007 and its first-ever in the Big South. The Blue Hose earned ranked wins over No. 12 Furman and No. 22 Charleston Southern and the team's two road wins stand as the most since three in 2007. Under Orck, the offensive line only allowed seven sacks in all Big South games, third-fewest in the conference. The line also allowed PC to rush for 1,915 yards, third-most in the Big South.

Against FCS competition, PC finished with a 5-2 record and its only two losses came to FCS playoff teams Coastal Carolina and Liberty. Offensive lineman Devinn Ritter also earned Second Team All-Big South honors under Orck as well.

Orck has assisted in several capacities at Vanderbilt the last five years, most recently serving as a graduate assistant coach since the 2010 season, working with the offense. He had been an offensive quality control since August of 2008.

At Vanderbilt he assisted the offensive line coach in all practices, including instruction, position drills and meetings. Aside from his game-day responsibilities of identifying fronts, coverage and blitzes, he assisted heavily in the recruiting process in the Southeast and Midwest. As a quality control coach, Orck assisted with the special teams and was responsible for all offensive film breakdown and scouting.

Orck came to Vanderbilt after earning four letters as an offensive center at Presbyterian College. He also was a senior captain and helped the team win the South Atlantic Conference title and reach the NCAA D-II quarterfinals in 2005. In the spring of 2008, Orck worked as a student assistant at PC, assisting in all facets of spring practice.

Orck, who was he was an eight-time Dean's List Recipient, graduated cum laude from Presbyterian College in 2008 with a bachelor's in political science. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Organizational Leadership from the Peabody College at Vanderbilt.

Orck is married to the former Susan King and they reside in Clinton.

Assistant Coach / Quarterbacks / Recruiting Coordinator
Tamyn Garrick

Tamyn Garrick is in his first season back with the Blue Hose.

Garrick comes to PC from The Citadel, where he spent the last two seasons in charge of quality control for the offense.

Garrick is a former quarterback at Presbyterian and was voted a team captain as a senior. He appeared in 19 games with 10 starts and finished his career 133-of-277 passing for 1,355 yards and five touchdowns. Off the field, he was a member of Presbyterian’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and represented PC at the 2014 Big South SAAC Leadership Conference.

Garrick finished PC sixth in the PC Division I era career record books in pass attempts (138), pass completions (70), passing yards (778) and pass TDs (2), average yards per completion (11.1), passing yards per game (77.8) and was ninth in total offensive yards (745).

After graduating in 2015 with a degree in Mathematics, he was an assistant football and baseball coach and taught math at Barnwell High School.

Assistant Coach / Defensive Line
Roland Matthews

Roland Matthews is in his first season as defensive line coach and equipment coordinator. Matthews, a 2014 graduate of Presbyterian College, returned to his alma mater after a two-year stint at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C.

Matthews spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Monarchs, serving in several different roles, including equipment coordinator. He spent his first season as defensive line coach, before moving to outside linebackers and special teams coordinator in 2015.

During his time at Methodist, Matthews also served as assistant academic coordinator and assistant film coordinator in addition to his coaching and equipment duties. He helped the Monarchs finish in the top of the conference in a number of defensive categories, while coaching three All-Conference players and a Third-Team All-American.

Prior to joining the staff at Methodist in 2014, Matthews served as a student assistant at PC for three seasons. He assisted as defensive line coach in 2013, serving as defensive tackles coach in his final year as a student. He had a number of different roles with program, assisting with practices, in-game coaching and recruiting.

Matthews graduated from PC in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in both religion and Christian education. The native of Camden, S.C. is the son of Dan and Lynn Matthews and has one sister, Meg.

Assistant Coach / Running Backs
Mitch Hall

Mitch Hall is in his third year back in 2016 and fifth year overall as assistant coach in charge of running backs and tight ends. Hall also served on PC’s staff in 2005 and 2006.

In 2015, Hall oversaw the running back group that featured Darrell Bridges, who rushed for 1,065 yards to become the first PC player in the program's Division I era to rush for at least 1,000 yards. Bridges was named first team All-Big South for his performance, also leading the team in touchdowns that season with eight.

In 2014, Hall helped PC to a 6-5 record, the program’s first winning season since 2007 and its first-ever in the Big South. The offense guided the Blue Hose to ranked wins over No. 12 Furman and No. 22 Charleston Southern and the team's two road wins stand as the most since three in 2007.

Against FCS competition, PC finished with a 5-2 record and its only two losses came to FCS playoff teams Coastal Carolina and Liberty. Running back Darrell Bridges earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors under Hall as well in the season finale.

Hall was most recently at Newberry College where he spent four seasons coaching the defensive line for the Wolves.

At Newberry he coached one All-American and three South Atlantic Conference selections on the defensive line.

Hall previously served as the defensive coordinator at North Greenville University. In 2007 he coached the Crusaders’ defensive line and was promoted to defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2008.

For the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Hall coached running backs and tight ends with the Blue Hose. Pc was the 2005 South Atlantic Conference champions and ranked first in the conference in scoring average.

A 2003 graduate of Western Carolina University, Hall served as a graduate assistant for the Catamounts in 2003 and 2004. He was a four-year letterman at linebacker and special teams playing for the Catamounts from 1998 to 2002.

He and his wife, Carrie, have a son, Miller, and a daughter, Morgan.

Assistant Coach / Defensive Backs
Daron Dickey

DaRon Dickey is set for his first season as an assistant coach at Presbyterian College in 2017. He will coach the defensive ends in his return to his alma mater.

Dickey returns to PC after spending last season as a defensive quality control coach at nearby Furman University. There he assisted the defensive staff with a number of duties, including practice and game plan preparation and breakdown of video.

Dickey, a product of Berea High School, played in 42 games at PC from 2012-15 after redshirting in 2011. He played three seasons under Spangler, who returned as defensive coordinator in 2013.He recorded 190 tackles in his career, including 13.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, to go with four interceptions, two forced fumbles, three fumbles recoveries and a blocked kick.

Statistically, his best year came as a junior in 2014, recording 64 tackles, including 5.0 tackles for loss, with two interceptions and four pass breakups. Dickey was named the team’s defensive MVP in 2015, after totaling 58 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, with an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

The native of Greenville, S.C. graduated from PC in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in history.

Assistant Coach / Linebackers
Sumner Ellis

Sumner Ellis is in his first season with the Blue Hose after joining the staff in the spring of 2018.

Ellis began his career at PC as a safety before transferring to Louisiana Tech when Coach Spangler took the defensive coordinator position there. After graduating in 2010, he coached at Central High School in Carrollton, Ga., from 2011 to 2015. He went on to Camden County High School before taking a graduate assistantship at George Southern for the 2016 season.

Ellis, whose brother Zach also played football at PC, was most recently and assistant coach at Villa Rica High School in Villa Rica, Ga.

Assistant Coach / Assistant Defensive Line
Pierce Spangler

Pierce Spangler is in his first season as an assistant coach at PC in 2017.

TE Coach
Kent Haltiwanger

Kent Haltiwanger is in his fourth season on the PC football staff but first year as a full-time assistant coach responsible for tight ends. He has been a football analyst, working with the offense, the last three seasons.

In 2018 he helped coach the tight ends for the first time at PC and had Riley Hilton play in the first three games and record eight catches for 35 yards and a touchdown before having a season ending injury. Haltiwanger also assisted with the special teams primarily working with the kickers and punters during the 2018 season.

Haltiwanger served as head coach at Wade Hampton High School for 10 seasons, posting a record of 50-63, matching Bill Phillips as the Generals' winningest coach. He led the Generals to five winning seasons in 10 years. Only nine teams had made the playoffs previously, and seven of his 10 teams reached the postseason.

Wade Hampton moved up to Class AAAA in 2012 and reached the playoffs in its first two seasons in the new classification. In 2012, the Generals defeated traditional powers Gaffney and Spartanburg.

A three-time region coach of the year, Haltiwanger led Wade Hampton to a 9-3 record in 2011, including a 5-0 mark in the Peach Blossom AAA Region. The Generals won the region that year, the school's second region title in football in its history and its first since 1968.

Prior to his stint at Wade Hampton, Haltiwanger was an assistant football coach and head track coach at Hilton Head from 2004-2005. From 2000-2004, Haltiwanger was an assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Clover High School. He was also at Newbery High School from 1988 to 2000.

Haltiwanger graduated from Presbyterian College in 1987 with a degree in History. He played football all four years, under both Elliott Poss and Cally Gault, and was starting center for the 1987 NAIA Quarterfinal championship team. He also played baseball for two seasons.

He earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Science Administration from the US Sports Academy in 2001.

Haltiwanger is married to the former Tracy Yarborough of Lexington, S.C. They have two children, Kelly (24), who works for Deloitte in Philadelphia, and Rachel (21), who is a junior at the University of South Carolina.

WR Coach
Bryson Abraham

Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Lousiana Tech
Graduating Year: 2014
Experience: 1st Year
Email: bwabraham@presby.edu

Bryson Abraham is in his first season at Presbyterian College as an assistant coach, overseeing wide receivers. He was hired in the summer of 2018.

In his first season with the Blue Hose, Abraham had a pair of receivers’ sit near the top of the conference in all major statistics highlighted by second-team all-conference DaShawn Davis who had 557 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns. Keith Pearson added 565 yards and a pair of scores for PC.Abraham was a standout for the Louisiana Tech defense, leading the nation in total defensive touchdowns (4) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (3) as a redshirt senior in 2015.

This garnered Abraham second team All-Conference USA and second team All-Louisiana honors. He also took part in Detroit Lions Minicamp in 2016.

Over his career at Louisiana Tech, the Jennings, Louisiana native collected 156 tackles (113 solo), eight interceptions, 22 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and a blocked kick. Abraham’s teams at Louisiana Tech won a pair of bowl games while he was there, the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014 and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in 2015.

Abraham’s coaching career began at his alma mater as a Graduate Assistant defensive coach in 2016. Last year, he was the cornerbacks coach for Ruston High School in Ruston, Louisiana.

Abraham graduated from Louisiana Tech in 2014 with a degree in Psychology.