Michael Spence returns to the USU coaching staff for Utah State's 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 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, .