GREAT FALLS — Rob Spear is a Hall of Famer.
The 1976 Butte Central graduate and University of Idaho athletic director was inducted into the University of Providence-Great Falls Athletics Hall of Fame over the weekend.
Spear was officially inducted along with former Argonauts wrestler Michael French and former University of Great Falls President Eugene McAllister Friday night in the McLaughlin Center.
Spear, nicknamed “Spike,” was a 6-foot-5 forward for the Argonauts. He was a four-year player for head coaches Ray Dodds and Steve Aggers. He was a team leader for the Argos during his final two seasons.
Spear averaged about 10 points and more than five rebounds per game during his career. He currently sits at No. 12 all time on the schools’ all-time scoring list with 1,044 points. He is fourth all time in rebounds with 579.
“Character is the word that comes to mind when I think of Rob Spear — faithful consistency when no one is watching,” Providence Vice President for Athletics Dave Gantt said. “I’ve always admired that about Rob, and have aspired to emulate the emotional maturity I witnessed during our first interactions as undergrads at CGF. Rob, a first-generation college graduate, has proven that regardless of where we start, we can grow immensely with the correct mindset and support.”
The University of Great Falls changed its name to Providence over the summer.
Spear was a three-year starter for Butte Central before taking his talent to the University of Great Falls. He was named All-State and All Catholic All-American as a senior.
Spear has been the AD at Idaho since 2003. Butte Sports featured Spear in a December 2012 story.