Kim Spence '04, enters her second year as the head men's and women's track & field coach in 2016-17; previously serving as the assistant coach the past four seasons. Spence also serves as head coach for the men's and women's cross country programs, recently concluded her 11th season overall as a coach at Wheaton. Spence also earned her Endurance Specialist Certification and Strength & Conditioning Certification, from the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy.
In 2016, the Lyons sent representatives to both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships in events such as the 100, 200 and 400-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay and 3,000-meter steeplechase, all under Spence's guidance.
A USA Track & Field (USATF) Level I certified coach, Spence also served as a Wheaton track & field assistant during the 2004-05 school year and has worked with the track & field program at Mansfield High School since the spring of 2005.
As a four-year member of the indoor and outdoor track & field teams at Wheaton, and a cross country runner her senior year, Spence helped the Lyons win six NCAA track & field championships. A two-year captain for each track & field squad, she earned All-America honors in the indoor 4x400-meter relay and the outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase as a senior after drawing honors as a sophomore for the indoor 800-meter run. Spence qualified seven times for New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors. In cross country, she was an all-region and all-conference runner during her lone season of competition.
A four-time academic all-conference honoree, including three times in track & field, Spence earned Dean's List citations and a Wheaton Scholar-Athlete award and was named a Wheaton Balfour Scholar. She also received the college's Claudia Friese Special Recognition Award her senior year, due largely in part to her behind-the-scenes dedication to the program and her spearheading all of the track & field teams' fundraising efforts.
Spence graduated magna cum laude from Wheaton in 2004 after majoring in American history and minoring in both art history and studio art. Spence went on to receive her master's degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and design from Fitchburg State University.
John Muse begins his second year as the Assistant Track & Field Coach at Wheaton College in 2016. Muse will work specifically with the sprints and hurdles.
Most recently, Muse spent three seasons with Division I UMass Lowell's cross country and track and field programs, where he assisted in developing the teams' sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers. Muse was also the program's recruiting coordinator.
Prior to joining the River Hawks, Muse served as an assistant coach at American International College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2012-13) as well as the head post at Worcester State University for cross country and women's track and field.
During his brief stay at AIC, he helped the Yellow Jacket women to school records in six events, including the 60-meter hurdles, 100 and 200-meter dashes as well as the 4X100 and 4X400 meter relays and heptathlon.
While an assistant at WPI, Muse coached the Engineers to four school records, including the men's 60-meter hurdles and 200 meter dash; and the women's 500 and 600 meters. He created training programs for sprint, hurdles and relay athletes for both programs, as well as a regimen for injured and recovering athletes.
Muse began his coaching career at Worcester State where he served as an assistant and later became the head coach of the cross country teams and women's track and field team. Over the course of his stay, he coached one All-American, five NCAA Championship qualifiers, two New England champions and an astounding 80 Massachusetts State Athletic Conference (MASCAC) champions.
Muse is a USTFCCCA certified coach in combined events and jumps and holds a USATF Level 1 certification and National Pole Vault Coaches Association (NPVCA) certification.
A sprinter on the Westfield State track and field team from 2003-08, Muse was a captain as a senior. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history.
Ryan O'Connell begins his first season as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's cross country teams and track & field programs in 2016-17.
Graduated from Springfield College in 2015 with a Master's in Physical Education and in 2013 majoring in Recreation Management with a minor in business.
Prior to Wheaton, O'Connell worked as the assistant track & field coach at Bridgewater State University working with athletes on specific event training, strength & conditioning planning, technique work and nutrition advice. He also served as the assistant cross country and track & field coach at Springfield College from 2013-15.