TRACK & FIELD COACHING STAFF
Rayvis J. Key, Men’s Head Coach—Men and Women’s Distance, Pole Vault
Coach Key was born in Pilot Mountain, NC, but currently resides in Kings Mountain, NC. An active athlete all through his life, Coach Key’s love for running began early in life. In high school, Key played basketball and participated in both Cross Country and Track and Field. After high school, Key went on to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he continued his athletic career as a member of the Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track and Field. At UNCC, Key received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, graduating in 1995. He later returned to school, this time to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received a Masters Degree in School Administration in 2002.
Currently, Key works as a Chemistry Teacher, Cross Country Coach, Head Indoor Track and Field Coach, and Head Men’s Track and Field Coach at Kings Mountain High School. Coach Key is happily married and has two sons, Bryson and Parker. He has been an Eagle Scout for some time, and currently serves as a Cub Scout Leader. Coach Key has been the Head Coach of the Men’s Track and Field Program at Kings Mountain High School since 2010. As the Head Coach of the Men’s Track and Field team, Key has experienced many successes, including a NCHSAA 3A State Championship in the 4x200m Relay (T. Hines, T. Edgerton, S. Burris, A. McDonald).
Hailey E. Spearman, Women’s Head Coach—Women’s Sprints/Relays, Jumps
Coach Spearman is a Gastonia native, born and raised in the Crowders Mountain Township. She attended First Assembly Christian Academy from K-5 until her junior year, when FACA’s high school program was cancelled. Spearman went on to graduate with honors from Hope Christian Academy in 2005. During high school, she was very active–academically and athletically. Spearman was Valedictorian of her senior class, Student Government President, and Treasurer of the Beta Club. Spearman played varsity soccer all four years, serving as team captain her junior and senior years. After graduation, Spearman went on to Gardner-Webb University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education in August 2009. In 2012, Spearman returned for her graduate degree, a Masters of Educational Leadership from the American College of Education, and graduated in August 2013.
Spearman has been the Head Coach of the Women’s Track and Field Program at Kings Mountain High School since 2010. Prior to serving as the Head Coach, Spearman was the Assistant Coach of the program, under Head Coach Crystal Miller for one year. As the Head Women’s Coach at KMHS, Spearman has achieved a number of individual and team successes. The Kings Mountain Women’s Track and Field Team went undefeated from 2009-2013 seasons. The Lady Mountaineers have taken first place in the Cleveland County Track and Field Championships for seven consecutive seasons, earned back-to-back Big South 3A Conference Championships in 2012 and 2013, and are the reigning South Mountain 2A/3A Athletic Conference Champions. Spearman has received honors for Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year from the Big South 3A Conference in 2012 and 2013, and the South Mountain 2A/3A Athletic Conference in 2016.
Tyrice Brooks, Assistant Coach—Men’s Sprints/Relays, Jumps
Tyrice Brooks, a native of Shelby, has been a part of athletics in Cleveland County for the majority of his life. A 2005 graduate of Crest High School, Brooks contributed to the Crest High School Football Program as a wide receiver, in addition to his contributions to Crest Basketball and Crest Track and Field. After graduation, Brooks went on to play football at Wingate University. Although this is only his third year as a member of the KM Track and Field coaching staff, he has served as a KM Football coach for nine seasons. Prior to coaching football at KMHS, Brooks spent one year coaching at Crest Middle. Coach Brooks is currently employed by both Walmart Distribution Center and Cleveland County Schools.
Jeff Putnam, Assistant Coach—Shot Put and Discus Throw
Jeff Putnam, a graduate of Kings Mountain Senior High, began coaching at the age of twenty-five. He started his coaching career in the same “Pop Warner Football” program that he participated in as a kid and has continued his uninterrupted coaching role for the past 31 years. Although football has been his primary focus, he has devoted time to other sports and activities over the years, including baseball, wrestling, and track and field. He has also spent a considerable portion of his adult life as a Varsity Umpire. Throughout his career, he has held both assistant and head coaching positions in youth, public, and private programs. He currently serves as an Assistant Coach for the Kings Mountain High Varsity Football program, where he specializes in the position of linebacker. This season marks Coach Putnam’s third as the Assistant Coach of the Women’s Track and Field team.