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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/22/2013
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Jan. 22, 2013

With a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arizona, Cindy Spence began her journey as a Physical Education teacher and coach. Her first teaching position was at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson along with the duties of Varsity Volleyball and Gymnastics Coach.

Cindy, tell us about your career path so far…

After 2 years at Salpointe, I got married and moved to Phoenix where I spent 29 years teaching PE at Deer Valley High School. Again, I became the Varsity Volleyball Coach. In 1983, I gave up the coaching to have a family. My husband and I were blessed with 3 beautiful children (2 girls and a boy).  In 1992, I was asked to start the Girls Golf Team at DVHS. It was a dream come true and I accepted with excitement. Very quickly, I built a championship team that won 3 Region Titles. I was also honored with 5 “Coach of the Year” awards.

Along with teaching and coaching at Deer Valley HS, I also took on the task of rebuilding the Women’s Golf Team at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. My college team also won many tournaments and competed in the National Championship with a 7th place ranking. The highlight of my coaching career was the opportunity to coach my youngest daughter, Lindsay at DVHS and Paradise Valley CC.

In 2009, my husband and I moved to Southern California where I became the Head Women’s Golf Coach at California State University in San Marcos. Again, I was given the task of rebuilding the program at CSUSM. Gladly, my team is ranked #2 in the country in the NAIA.  I am always looking for female golfers for her CSUSM team. My email is cnaval@csusm.edu.

What life skills did The University of Arizona teach you?

As an athlete at The University of Arizona, I learned many life skills as a member of the Women’s Golf Team. Team work, sportsmanship, respect, integrity are only a few of the skills, but leadership is the most important. All these skills are necessary to be a successful teacher and coach. I am grateful to God and the University of Arizona for guiding me on this amazing journey.

Who was your greatest inspiration growing up?

My greatest inspiration was my mom, Mary Lou Spence. My mom was a Physical Therapist and earned her college degree from Boston University Sergeant College. Both of my parents worked full time while raising four kids. Mary Lou was one of the original “super moms.” She was a great role model and loved cheering for the Wildcats!!!!!

How do you stay involved in Arizona Athletics?

As a die-hard Wildcat fan, I stay involved at Arizona by attending many Homecoming events. I am also an active member of the “A” Club and when attending Homecoming, I play in the “A” Club Golf Tournament. My husband and I, Steve are looking forward to the event again this year.  GO CATS!!!!!

 A-Club “Family Forever, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”.

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