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TVCC to dedicate court to former coach

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ATHENS, TX (KLTV) -

You could call it the gym Leon Spencer built.

"I did draw the plans to this gym back in my second year here," said Spencer. "There's memories out there galore. There's so many you can't count them all."

More than four decades worth of memories.  It all started in 1964. Over the next 42 years, Spencer led Trinity Valley men's basketball to 13 conference championships.

"I was just a country boy, small timer," said Spencer.  "I decided to stay here and I thought I could control my destiny here."

Spencer was destined for greatness. His 809 career wins are the most by any junior college coach in Texas history. This weekend, the NJCAA & Trinity Valley Hall of Famer will be honored by his former school. The basketball court will be dedicated in Spencer's honor.

"I hope I don't cry," said Spencer with a laugh.  "But I've been known to."

A tribute to a man that played for, coached for and lived for Trinity Valley basketball.

"It's not a dream come true," said Spencer.  "Because I never dreamed it would happen. It does mean an awful lot to me and my family. Everyone that's been apart of it, I'm so grateful and can't say I appreciate that enough."

Spencer will be honored at halftime of the Trinity Valley women's game on Saturday.  The women tip off at 4 p.m. The Trinity Valley men follow at 6 p.m.

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