SPIRE’s Dream Team is Complete: Welcome to the Track and Field Family, Casimir and Curtis!

07/19/2021

SPIRE Institute and Academy (IA) welcomes two new world class track & field coaches, Distance and Cross Country champion Casimir Loxsom and award-winning decathlete Curtis Beach, to their outstanding team, making their track and field training lineup unmatched anywhere in the United States.
Casimir Loxsom
Casimir Loxsom brings his world championship skills to SPIRE as Head Coach – Distance & Cross Country. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, he achieved several national and global awards including World Junior Silver Medalist in 2010, World Junior Best 600m, 5x All-American and 5x Big Ten Champion.

After college, he signed on with the Brooks Beasts Track Club, winning world-wide recognition with his performance in the World Championships in Beijing (2015), World Best 600m (2017), 2x World Relay Championships Gold Medalist (2015 & 2017) and USA Indoor Champion 600m (2015).

Casimir brings a wealth of coaching experience with him to the SPIRE family. He has been the Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Gig Harbor High School in Tacoma, WA, the Head Track & Field Coach at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT and a Running Specialist at TAP Strength Lab in Westport, CT.

Coach Loxsom will be building and developing SPIRE’s Distance and Cross Country program and providing students with age-appropriate, holistic training models in line with current best practices for his student athletes.

SPIRE’s Director of Track & Field, Kibwé Johnson, is looking forward to working with Casimir. “We are very excited to add Casimir to the SPIRE Track and Field / Cross Country staff,” he said. “After an extremely successful professional career which saw Cas break numerous world and American records, he has transitioned seamlessly into the coaching ranks. We are pleased to welcome his infectious spirit and breadth of knowledge to the SPIRE Family.”

Curtis Beach
SPIRE also welcomes Curtis Beach to the Track and Field family as Head Coach – Sprints, Jumps and Combined Events.

A well-rounded, nationally and globally recognized decathlete, Curtis is a professional track and field athlete from Albuquerque, New Mexico who spent over 15 years competing in the decathlon and eight years coaching athletes at all levels. His top athletic achievements include winning two NCAA Championship titles, becoming a USATF National Champion, earning a spot on the US National Team on four occasions and receiving the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year award. As a coach, Curtis helped his alma mater, Duke University, win the 2021 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships for Women’s Track and Field. In addition, Curtis helped many of his private clients achieve their personal goals.

His experience in decathlon events makes him a valuable addition to the track & field coaching team, allowing him to help students perfect sprints, hurdles and all the multi-events covered in the decathlon such as the 100m, 400m, 1500m, 110m hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put, discuss, javelin and pole vault.

Kibwé Johnson noted, “We are excited to welcome Curtis to the SPIRE Family! I’ve been on USA National teams with him and together we serve as members of the USATF Athlete Committee, so I’ve been present to observe Curtis’ knowledge and keen instincts in not only his areas in the sport, but also in business development. I’m extremely happy he’s choosing to bring those qualities here to SPIRE Track & Field.”

An Unmatched Team of Track and Field Leadership and Coaches
SPIRE has firmly established its rank as a top-rated sports academy in the nation because of its ability to recruit and keep top leadership and coaching staff to its programs. With Casimir and Curtis, SPIRE’s dream team of track & field leadership has arrived.

SPIRE’s current lineup of coaches reads like a who’s who in the track & field world:

Kibwé Johnson: Head Coach – Throws
Tim Mack – Program Development Director / Head Coach – Vertical & Horizontal Jumps
Casimir Loxsom – Head Coach – Distance and Cross Country
Curtis Beach – Head Coach – Sprints, Jumps & Combined Events

In addition to these highly renowned coaching team members, SPIRE also features long jumper and author Tianna Bartoletta, 3-time Olympic gold medalist and 6-time World medalist, as well as Hall of Famer long jumper Dwight Phillips, Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion, as SPIRE Track and Field Ambassadors. In this role, they influence and train track and field athletes while aiding in program development.

“Our track and field resources are unmatched anywhere in the United States,” explains Ted Meekma, Co-Managing Director of SPIRE. “From our world class training facilities, to our experienced and supportive training and coaching staff and our world-renowned ambassadors, our athletes have all the advantages that their competitors don’t. Other athletic academies may develop athletes, but SPIRE develops champions.”

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Phone: (440) 466-1002

Email: [email protected]

Address: 5201 SPIRE Circle, Geneva, OH 44041

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