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.