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Florida A&M Football BIO
 James Spady

James Spady comes to Florida A&M as Associate Head Coach, Special Teams Coach and tight ends coach after four years as head coach at Alabama A&M University (2014-2017). Spady graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 1995 with a degree in Criminal Justice.

As a player, he was 1st Team All-WAC (1987/1988) earning a spot on the UTEP All-Centennial Team after starting all four years. He went on to a career in the Arena Football League before returning to the coaching ranks.

He began his coaching career at UTEP as offensive line graduate assistant. He was then hired as tight ends coach in 1995. In 1999, Spady converted to defensive line coach, returning to coaching tight ends in 2002. He was exposed to the MEAC as he spent two seasons as offensive line coach at South Carolina State from 2004-2005 and North Carolina Central in 2006. His SWAC experience came in 2007-2009 as he was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Grambling State University. From 2010-2013, he was tight ends coach and offensive line coach at the University of Nevada.

Some outstanding players that Spady coached are:

Brian Natkin (All-American – UTEP)

James Lee (All-MEAC – SCSU)

Robert Duncan(All-CIAA – NCCU)

Kenneth Broadway (D-II All-American – NCCU)

Larry Donnell (NFL TE – Grambling State)

Virgil Green (All-WAC TE/NFL – Nevada)

Zach Sudfeld (All-MWC TE/NFL – Nevada)

Anthony Lanier (All-SWAC DL/NFL – AAMU)


Spady was born in Biloxi, MS, and lists San Antonio, TX  as his hometown.  He currently resides in Tallahassee, FL with his wife Barbara and their two sons Jalen and Mason.

Position: Associate Head Coach/Tight Ends/Special Teams