James Spady was hired to lead the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in January 2014, after a highly successful career as a coordinator and position coach, most recently spending
four seasons coaching tight ends at the University of Nevada.
In his first year as head coach, Spady led the Bulldogs to a 4-7 record, though 3 losses came by a combined total of 5 points. The season was highlighted by
back-to-back wins against Alabama State and Jackson State, and winning 3 games on the road.
Over the course of his tenure at the University of Nevada, Spady was known to develop great talent and get the most out of his players.
In his first year, he guided All-WAC tight end Virgil Green, who was picked in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Green, a multi-year starter
proved himself to be one of the best tight ends in program history during his career in Reno. Green played in more than 50 games in his career at Nevada,
caught 72 passes in his career for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns while also serving as a devastating blocker in the run game, an homage to Spady's offensive
In 2012, Spady then guided one of the best comeback stories in college football as Zach Sudfeld came back for a sixth season in his injury-riddled career at
Nevada to start every game and become a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award. Sudfeld earned All-Mountain West second-team honors as he caught 45 passes
for 598 yards and set a school record for most touchdowns by a tight end with eight. He is currently in his second season in the NFL, with the New York Jets.
Spady went to Reno after three successful seasons as the offensive coordinator at Grambling State. During his time with the Tigers, the team grew offensively
and reached the SWAC championship game in his first year. Grambling State led the SWAC in a number of offensive categories and a handful of Tigers players set
school records and earned all-conference accolades.
Spady joined the Grambling State Tigers after one season (2006) at North Carolina Central, where he helped the Eagles to a perfect 11-0 season and a trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs. NCCU finished the season ranked fourth in the nation in the D-II Top 25 poll. NCCU led its conference in 12 offensive statistical categories and Spady's offensive line yielded just 10 sacks in 289 pass attempts.
Prior to his stint at North Carolina Central, Spady spent two seasons as the offensive line coach at South Carolina State from 2004 to 2005. Under Spady's tutelage, the offense line at SCSU was directly responsible for clearing the way for 9,049 yards of total offense and 34.7 points per game during the 2004 and 2005 seasons combined.
Spady began his coaching career at the University of Texas at El Paso where he spent 11 seasons helping to develop both the offensive and defensive lines, as well as the tight ends.
Spady coached the tight ends at UTEP from 1996-1999 when he aided in the development of Brian Natkin, a consensus All-American in 2000, who also was a 3 time All WAC performer before spending two seasons in the NFL
with the Tennessee Titans. Spady and Natkin had a reunion of sorts, as both were named to the UTEP All Centennial Team for their time as players for the Miners.
From 1993-1995, Spady was a student/graduate assistant coach working with both the offensive and defensive lines. Spady was the defensive line coach at UTEP from 2000-2003, he returned to the offensive side of the ball during the 2003 season when he took over the tight ends again for the second time at UTEP.
In addition to his collegiate coaching duties, Spady is also an avid student of the game as he has served two NFL Minority Internships with the Green Bay Packers in 1997 and again in 1999 with the Philadelphia Eagles. During June of 2007, Spady had the opportunity to acquire more knowledge as he was one of 28 coaches selected to participate in the 2008 NCAA Expert Coaches Academy in Dallas, Texas.