Ex-Comet the epitome of a student athlete

June 20th, 2015 12:11 pm

First Posted: 3/28/2012

Spencer Liddic excelled on and off the basketball court during his four years at Muhlenberg College. The 2008 Abington Heights High School graduate credited his high school coach Ken Bianchi for molding him into a solid player.

"He's one of the best coaches I've ever played for," Liddic said. "Day in and day out, he takes his teams to league and district titles, and into the state playoffs."

Liddic had nothing but good things to say about his time at Muhlenberg.

"It was a fabulous experience," he said. "I loved the community and enjoyed playing and interacting with my teammates and coaches. I've created friendships that will last forever."

According to Liddic, he wouldn't have achieved conference and school records without the help of his team and coaching staff. He scored 1,701 points in his career, ranking him second all-time at Muhlenberg and ninth all-time in the Centennial conference. He holds the record for most points in a season by a Muhlenberg player with 509. He broke the conference record for most rebounds in a career with 1,015 and his 46 career double-doubles rank as the most in school and conference history.

All those accolades led to Liddic being voted to the All-Centennial conference team for four straight years.

"From Day One, my coaches and teammates gave me the ball and trusted me to deliver," he said.

Liddic maintained a 3.86 GPA while double majoring in business administration and finance. He was selected as an Academic All American twice; he made the first-team as a junior and second-team as senior.

The former Comet believes the key to being successful in sports and school is staying focused to the task at hand.

"It comes down to time management skills," he said. "Budgeting time and having priorities is important."

Liddic is one of 10 student-athletes that have been nominated for the Jostens Award, the top national award for Division 3 basketball. It encompasses athletics, academics and community service.

"It's probably the biggest honor from my four years in college," he said.

Liddic's stellar academic record helped land him a job with JP Morgan.

"I spent the last couple years trying to get the best possible job," he said. "I start in July and am very excited to start the next phase of my life."

Liddic's college coach, Scott McClary, raved about his influence on the team and college as a whole.

"He became the face of our program as a sophomore and embodied what it means to be a part of Muhlenberg University."

He met every challenge I ever gave him and set an excellent example for our younger players."