Distance Coach Returns After Two Years At Oklahoma
Michael Spence returns to the USU coaching staff helping with the cross country and track & field teams. He will assist veteran head coach Gregg Gensel with the administration duties of the team, while also coaching the distance runners. Spence was an assistant coach at Utah State from 2010-11, before coaching at the University of Oklahoma for the last two seasons.
A native of East Stroudsburg, Pa., Spence earned his bachelor's degree at Princeton University, where he also earned All-American honors and captained the Tigers' cross country team in 1999.
As a runner, Spence was team captain for Team USA at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. Spence also earned a silver medal in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spence is a five-time USATF national team member and is a six-time top 10 finisher in USATF championship events. Spence finished sixth in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Spence and his wife, Kristi, recently had their first child, Aidan Michael, born on July 1, 2013.