Former Springfield High School runner and University of Southern Indiana standout Tyler Pence has decided to give coaching a try.
The 23-year-old has been hired as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at the University of Illinois Springfield.
UIS is in its second year of men’s and women’s cross country and women’s track. This year is the inaugural season for men’s track.
“I love running,” Pence said. “I love Springfield. When I heard about this job that was my first thought questioning if I wanted to coach, so I talked to coach De Witt.”
Pence received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, also in May. He will soon start graduate school. He is pursuing a master’s degree in education at UIS. He will also serve as substitute teacher for the Springfield school district.
UIS opens the season Sept. 2 at home with Orion’s Mini Meet.
Pence was featured in The State Journal Register on August 12, 2016.
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