Kim Spence '04, who 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 and fourth overall as a member of the track & field staff.
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.
Karl Mader '12 starts his third season as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's cross country teams and track & field programs in 2015-16.
Mader returned to campus after graduating from the college in just three years, receiving his bachelor's degree in international relations and economics with a minor in statistics. During his three years at Wheaton, Mader received Rotary Scholar, Trustee Scholar and Merit Scholar honors.
On the oval, Mader claimed All-America honors as a member of the track & field program in 2012 helping the Lyons to an eighth place finish in the 4x400-meter relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Mader also served as a captain of the men's track & field team that season and the men's cross country program in 2011.
A USATF Level 1 certified coach, Mader is currently the co-head cross country coach at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass. in addition to his coaching duties at Wheaton. Mader aided the squad in claiming the 2012 MBIL conference championship and also produced four of the top five MBIL All-Stars in the league last season.
Mader is still active in athletics as he recently qualified for the USA National Triathlon circuit in 2013. Outside of coaching, Mader also works in the sales operations department at BigBelly Solar, Inc.