Kim Spence '04, enters her third year as the head men's and women's track & field coach in 2017-18; 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 12th 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 2017, Emily Gustavson was named All-American both in the indoor and outdoor seasons. Gustavson concluded her career finishing fifth in the nation, and second in all of New England, in the 200m with a new personal record of 24.30. She also raced in the 400m where she ended with a lifetime best of 55.63, finishing ninth in the nation.
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.