Kim Spence begins her first season as head coach at Wheaton in 2013. Spence spent the previous nine seasons as an assistant coach with the program.
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. She currently teaches at nearby Norton Middle School after previously serving as both the program director and gym director at The Little Gym in Cranston, Rhode Island, where she instructed gymnastics and sports skills classes for children between four months and 12 years old from July 2004 until September 2006.
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
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 begins his first season as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's cross country teams and track & field programs in 2013.
Mader returns 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.