Judson’s Track and Field Program made a great addition to its coaching staff with the hiring of USTFCCCA-certified coach Don Spencer.
Spencer has been involved with leading track & field programs at the high school and college levels for over 30 years. In addition, he was an NCAA Division-I Track & Field Athlete at Eastern Illinois University. Spencer will work alongside Head Coach Cam Knudsen and his current staff and will focus on training athletes in sprints, hurdles, and high jump.
Spencer’s most recent stops include three Fox Valley area high schools. Since 2018, he has worked with the Metea Valley High School Track & Field team coaching sprints, relays, jumps, hurdles, and strength & conditions. At Metea Valley, he has coached multiple state qualifiers and medal recipients in high jump, long and triple jumps, hurdles, sprint relays. From 2013-2018, Spencer held the same position at Burlington Central High School where he coached multiple state qualifiers and medal recipients in high jump, long and triple jumps, hurdles, sprint relays. Prior to Burlington Central, Spencer coached at St. Charles North High School where he coached high jump, hurdles, sprints, and sprint relays for six years.
“I’m very excited to have Coach Spencer with us,” said Head Coach Cam Knudsen. “He brings a level of expertise and passion of the sport that will help this team continue to grow.”
Spencer’s other experience includes a brief stint as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at Northern Illinois University during the 2017 season. Numerous athletes coached by Spencer went on to compete on the university and international levels. Additionally, he has presented various scientific studies at track & field venues (ITCCCA) and on podcasts (Throw Big, Throw Far) about athlete sleep deprivation and overcoming limits neurotransmitters in the brain/central nervous system put upon any type of athletic performance.
“I am very excited to be part of an up-and-coming program,” said Spencer. “I feel very blessed to have the pleasure of working with Coach Cam and the other coaches and athletes.”