Karin Spence, a former 10-time All-American swimmer at Florida, has been working with athletes at UF since July 1998. She currently designs and implements strength and conditioning programs for women's basketball, men's and women's swimming & diving and soccer. Spence is officially certified as a Strength & Conditioning Coach by the Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (SCCC).
During the 1997-1998 season, Spence was the assistant women's swim coach at the University of Florida. Before coaching, she was a paramedic and firefighter for City of Miami from 1990-1996 and was a SWAT medic with the Miami police department from 1994-1996. From 1996-97, Spence was a paramedic and firefighter for City of Gainesville. She is also a 13-time gold medallist at the World Police and Fire Games.
Spence, who graduated from Florida in 1988 with a B.S. in Psychology, began bodybuilding in 1994 and has participated in three competitions as a way to remain fit. Spence was crowned Ms. Gainesville in 1998 in the bodybuilding heavyweight and overall divisions. In her spare time, Spence enjoys fishing, hunting, camping and hiking.
The former Karin Werth, who is a native of Arlington, Texas, has two beautiful Labrador retrievers, Streak and Jet, who are frequent visitors to basketball workouts.
Karin Spence at a Glance
Director of Strength and Conditioning for Women's Sports
Responsibilities: Establishes and implements a thorough training schedule to enhance the productivity of each athlete as related to their sport.
Joined UF Staff: as Asst. Swim Coach in July 1997; strength staff July 1998
Education: University of Florida (BS in Psychology, 1988); 10-Time All-American at UF in swimming 1984-88
Prior to UF: Paramedic/Firefighter for City of Miami from 1990-1996; SWAT medic with the Miami police dept 1994-1996; Paramedic/Firefighter for City of Gainesville from 1996-97
Hometown: Arlington, Texas