Head Women's Cross Country Coach
2nd Year | Indiana
of Cross Country/Track & Field
Jim Spivey begins his first season as head coach of the women’s
cross-country team and second year with the team after serving
as assistant coach for the 2001 season. Spivey is also an
assistant track and field coach.
Spivey comes to Vanderbilt from the University of Chicago
where he was the mens and womens head coach for
cross country as well as track and field. The 1998 Midwest
Regional Womens Cross Country Coach of the Year produced
12 All-Americans in his four years in Chicago. Also, he led
the womens teams to a sixth-place finish at both the
1998 Division III Cross Country Championships and the 2000
Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
As a competitor, Spivey appeared in three Olympic Games:
1984, 1992 and 1996. Spivey also was a member of five World
Championship Teams. His best year was 1987, when he won a
bronze medal at the World Championships and a silver medal
at the Pan-American Games. For his various achievements, Spivey
has been inducted in three Hall of Fames: the Drake Relays,
Indiana Univesitys and Fenton High Schools.
Currently, Spivey is the U.S. record holder in the 2000-meters
with a time of 4:52.44 set in Switzerland in 1987. While at
Indiana University, Spivey won an incredible 13 Big Ten titles
as well as capturing two individual NCAA Championships. He
also holds the fastest American time in the 1500-meters at
the Olympics. Among American runners, Spiveys times
in the 1500 and mile rank second and fourth respectively all-time.
In his first season with the Commodores, Spivey has already
helped make major strides in the program. With his help the
cross country team had their best finish ever at the NCAA
Regionals this past fall.
Coach Spiveys addition to our coaching staff
has brought immediate success as seen by the cross country
teams strong performance this fall. He brings a wealth
of experience and knowledge with him about training and competing
at the highest levels in high school, college, and internationally.-