Coach Paul Spicer Played defensive end for 11 seasons in the National Football League as undrafted free agent. He played for Detroit Lions (1999), Jacksonville Jaguars (2000-2008), and the Super Bowl XLIV (44) Champion New Orleans Saints (2009). Spicer also spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (1998-99) and the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe (2001-02). Following retirement from the NFL, Coach Spicer began his coaching career by volunteering his services at Bartram Trail High School (2010) where he worked with the varsity and junior varsity defensive line.
Coach Spicer spent four seasons as an Assistant Defensive Line Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015-18). The Bucs totaled 38 sacks in 2016 and ranked 14th in the NFL with 41 in 2018, led by former USF standout Jason Pierre-Paul with a team-best 12.5 sacks. Prior to his tenure with Tampa Bay, Spicer spent two seasons as assistant defensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2011-12) In 2019, Spicer then became the defensive line coach at the University of South Florida Bulls.
Paul Spicer’s collegiate career began at College of DuPage (Illinois), a junior college in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, where he was an NJCAA All American linebacker and helped lead his team to two undefeated seasons with 24 straight wins. Due to his athletic success, Spicer was later inducted into the NJCAA Hall of fame (2006) and was a member of the 2019 Inaugural College of DuPage Athletic Hall of Fame class, comprised of four student-athletes, one head coach and the former school president. Spicer transferred to Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.) where his success continued as a two-year starter under Head Coach Jerry Kill and was named the 1998 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLICA) MVP after posting 16.5 sacks after 1997 season. Coach Spicer resides in Lithia, Florida with his wife, Shariffa, and six children: Asha, Daniel, Laura, Paul Jr., Amirah, and Anias.