October 16, 2008

Curtis Spence Joins Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

Oct. 16, 2008

Providence, RI - Head Women's Basketball Coach Jean Marie Burr has recently added Curtis Spence to her staff, who joins Brown from the Community College of Rhode Island where he spent two years as the assistant men's basketball coach. His duties with the Bears squad will include, but are not limited to recruiting, film exchange, player development, practice, team travel and scouting.

In his time at CCRI, Spence assisted with all phases of the program, which included organizing and supervising practices, assisting with recruiting quality student-athletes, scheduling, budgeting and planning team travel. Spence is also involved in AAU basketball, and high school basketball programs. He founded a six-team AAU program for inner city boys ages 12-17 called Team Providence, and has also directed various basketball camps and leagues throughout the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area.

Spence was also the head boys basketball coach at Prout School in Wakefield, RI, from 2004-2006, where he helped lead a small catholic high school transition into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League. In his first season the squad went 3-24, but turned in around during the second season going 12-15 to earn a playoff berth. Spence was named Prout's Coach of the Year in 2005. Prior to Prout, Spence served as the Director of the Cranston Summer Basketball League, was the tournament coordinator of the Martin Luther King Invitational, was the founder and coordinator of the Young Athlete Learning Camp and the recreational director at Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc.

Off the basketball court, Spence is the Principal and Chief Officer for Claymar Enterprise, Inc., a full service advertising and marketing company engaged in all aspects of client services, ranging from media negotiations to developing successful branding and public information campaigns.

Spence earned his BS from Ithaca College where he majored in General Studies Media/Communications. He serves as commissioner for the Cranston Housing Authority, a member of the Black Coaches & Administrators Association, and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.