Three alumni will be inducted into the Watson Chapel Sports Hall of Fame at Wildcat Stadium on Friday night before the football game against Pine Bluff High School.

Three alumni will be inducted into the Watson Chapel Sports Hall of Fame at Wildcat Stadium on Friday night before the football game against Pine Bluff High School.


Below are submitted biographies of the three honorees — Jerry Bruce, Latoya Mcbride Spencer and Kyle Williams.


Jerry Bruce


Jerry Bruce is the son of Varnette and Lee Bruce. Bruce graduated from Watson Chapel in May 2001. As a Wildcat, he excelled in both basketball and baseball.


During Bruce’s basketball career he was a member of the Arkansas Super Sophomore basketball team selected by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was an All-Conference player his junior and senior year and an All-State player his senior year.


Bruce was also a three-year starter for the Wildcat baseball team. He started 25 games in a row at shortstop without committing an error. He is the only student-athlete in Watson Chapel history to have been a starter on state championship teams in two sports — point guard for the basketball team in 1999 and shortstop for the baseball team in 2000.


Upon graduating from Watson Chapel, Bruce went on to play collegiate baseball at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He was a four-year starter at shortstop and second base. Bruce was selected to the preseason All-SWAC team twice during his tenure. He was also selected second-team All-SWAC.


After concluding his playing career at the collegiate level, he chose to give back to the city and pursue his dream of becoming an educator and basketball coach. Since receiving his degree, he feels honored to have taught and coached in the Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel and Memphis school districts. Bruce is currently teaching and coaching in the Little Rock School District.


On April 9, 2011, Bruce married his wife, Tiffany, who is an educator in the North Little Rock School District. They have a 2-year-old son, Jarett.


Latoya Mcbride Spencer


Latoya Mcbride Spencer is the daughter of Edith McCray. Mcbride Spencer graduated from Watson Chapel in May 2001. As a Wildcat, she excelled in basketball and track.


Mcbride Spencer was a three-year letterman in basketball for three straight Southeast Conference Championship teams. She was All-Conference her junior and senior year. She was chosen as All-State her senior year for a team that made it to the semifinals in the state tournament.


As a track athlete, Mcbride Spencer was a four-year letterman as she earned All-Conference honors three of her four years, All-State honors all four years and was a member of one conference championship and three state championships. During her tenure, she competed in the high jump, long jump, 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay, 1600-meter relay, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and her specialty the 400-meter dash. She held the 400m state record for several years and equaled the best high jump performance ever in the state.


Mcbride Spencer was a very versatile track performer which earned her a full scholarship with the University of Mississippi. There she extended her love for competing in multiple events through participation in the heptathlon. Her track and field success followed her to Ole Miss.


While competing for Ole Miss, Mcbride Spencer was a four-year letterman. She was All-SEC, SEC champion and All-American in the heptathlon. She finished her collegiate career ranked seventh in the nation. She still holds the heptathlon record at Ole Miss.


Mcbride Spencer resides in San Antonio where she is employed as a Compliance Officer for a Wealth Management Firm. She also counsels youth in her area in academic, spiritual and career matters. She is currently assistant coach for a local youth track club where she helped lead eight young athletes in competition at this year’s AAU Junior Olympics, including two of her children.


Mcbride Spencer is a proud wife and mother.


Kyle Williams


Kyle Williams is the son of Velma Williams and the late Themanuel Williams.Williams graduated from Watson Chapel High School in May 2002. As a Wildcat, Williams was an outstanding athlete in football and baseball.


As a junior, Williams earned All-Conference as a safety for the football team. His senior year he led Watson Chapel to the state semifinals as an All-State quarterback and safety. Williams was an All-State baseball player his senior year and was elected to play in the Arkansas High School All-Star game as a center fielder.


Williams demonstrated strong leadership skills during his tenure. When he graduated from Watson Chapel and moved on with his academic and athletic career, his success flourished.


At Navarro Junior College where Williams earned his Associate’s Degree, he was named captain of the Bulldogs football team and a member of the baseball team. He received the All-American Athlete Award as well as maintained a GPA high enough to be on the Dean’s Honor Roll.


Williams was then recruited to play safety at Kansas State University where he received numerous prestigious awards including All-Big 12 Athletic Award and the Football Loyalty Award. He remained on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll throughout his time at K-State. Williams graduated with not only his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science but a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Student Development. He is now completing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership at Kansas State.


Williams has had the opportunity to coach with some of the top ranking football staffs in the country including teams such as University of Southern California, Evangel University and Kansas State. He then became the defensive coordinator for Sul Ross State University making him one of the youngest defensive coordinators in the nation.


Williams continuously produces outstanding athletes through not only his knowledge of the game but also his persistent investment into each player’s life. Williams volunteers at multiple sports camps for underprivileged kids and the Make a Wish Foundation for children with disabilities. He is an outstanding role model on and off the field.