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Meet the Athletic Staff

Our outstanding athletics staff, under the leadership of Coach Lorie Howard, manages Salem’s  athletic teams, extracurricular sports, and physical education and health classes.

Lorie Howard, Director of Athletics

336.721.2732

Known fondly as “Coach,” Lorie Howard came to Salem Academy by way of Westchester Academy where she was named “Coach of the Year.” She began her 29th year at Salem in fall 2019, coaching tennis, basketball, and soccer, as well as teaching physical education. Coach Howard started the All-Sports Camp at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Philadelphia, PA., and the Salem Sports Camp for Kids in Winston-Salem, now in its 12th year. She is known around Salem for her creative student nicknames, her “peace” salute, and her Saber spirit (“Salem pride, you know!”). Coach has traveled on many of the Salem trips (England, France, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Hawai’i). She is an avid photographer and scrap booker, as well as an expert on the Amish. Coach is particularly passionate about tennis and she plays piano.

Eddie Stevens, MS, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer

eddie.stevens@salem.edu

Eddie Stevens has served as the head athletic trainer at Salem Academy and College for more than a decade. A 1989 graduate of Winston-Salem State University, Stevens also earned a master’s program in athletic training at West Virginia University. He has worked at the Washington DC Sports Medicine Center and served as a sports medicine director at Winston-Salem State University. Stevens is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.

Coaches

Basketball

Jason Kremida, Head Coach

jkremida@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

A graduate of the University of Oregon, Jason Kremidas played multiple sports in high school, as well as intramural sports at college. He also coached youth basketball during his time at the University of Oregon. In 1996, Coach Kremidas moved to Winston-Salem with his soon-to-be wife.

He joined Salem Academy in 1997, coaching both softball and basketball. As softball coach, Kremidas received two Coach of the Year awards and helped the team qualify for states. In 2019, Coach began his 15th year as head basketball coach and 24th year as a classroom teacher in the Winston-Salem region. He is the father of two children, Max and Sofia. Sofia is a graduate of Salem Academy and a student at Western Carolina University. 

Jake Reynolds, Assistant Coach

athletics@salemacademy.edu

Cross Country

Krissy Klos, Head Coach

athletics@salemacademy.edu

A native of Oakfield, NY, Krissy Klos grew up playing soccer and quickly learned she possessed the gift of speed. She started running track in 7th grade and in high school, earned two New York state titles in the 100-meter sprint. Coach Klos competed in both sports at SUNY Geneseo, where she graduated with a degree in Studio Art Studio and Graphics Production. 

After completing master’s in Art Education at Nazareth College, Coach Klos launched her coaching career. She coached track at St. John Fisher College (SJFC) in Rochester, NY for 7 year, moving from assistant sprint coach to associate head coach of cross country and track and field. There, she helped several athletes achieve All American status.

Coach Klos currently resides in Winston Salem with her husband, Jason, and their two black labs, Tyken and Huntley. She also works as the assistant facility director for JDL Fast Track.

Fencing

Glen Peting, Head Coach

gpeting@triad.rr.com

A native of Raleigh, NC, Glen Peting started fencing at North Carolina State University as a foilist on the varsity team. He continued at the Virginia Military Institute, where he won nearly 80% of his bouts and helped the team go undefeated during his freshman year. Coach Peting

also competed in what are now United States Fencing Association competitions, going from local to national events.

In 1977, he trained with Fencing Master Sam Munson and learned classical Italian fencing. Peting trained in all three disciplines: Foil, Saber and Epee. In addition to the Italian School, he studied the French and Russian systems under other masters.

Peting’s coaching experience includes Wake Forest University Fencing Club, R.J. Reynolds HS Fencing Club, Winston Salem Fencing Club, private students, and other venues. He is a member of the United States Fencing Coaches Association and holds a nationally recognized Foil Coach’s Rating.

Since becoming Head Coach at Salem in 2012, he has led the team to three team podium finishes at the North Carolina High School Fencing League (NCHSFL) State Championships. Coach Peting is a 1983 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, where he earned a B.S. in Physics. Married to Cheryl Ann Hanson since 1990, the couple have six children.

Field Hockey

Rachel Fox, Head Coach

athletics@salemacademy.edu

Rachel Fox started playing field hockey at a young age when her dad decided she was too aggressive for soccer. While growing up, Coach Fox played Club and participated in several Olympic training programs. She played three years on Reagan High School’s premier varsity team and was named All-Conference her sophomore and junior years. Her main position was center defense, although she played forward for most of her youth. Coach Fox played for a total of 13 years and cites field hockey as her greatest passion growing up.

Soccer

Jamie Grimstead, Head Coach

athletics@salemacademy.edu

Jamie Grimstead has been a soccer and swimming coach for more than 30 years. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (B.A. in Economics) and University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Teaching License), he launched his coaching career in 1989. Since then, Coach Grimstead was named Swim Conference Coach of the Year three times; won five conference championships; and coached State Champion Nancy Larson in 2011.

As a soccer coach, he coached JV and Varsity soccer at Andrews High School (High Point), New Hanover High School (Wilmington) and Mt. Tabor High School (Winston-Salem). Additionally, Coach Grimstead

won the State Championship for U-12 boys’ team in 2003 and has coached multiple Division-1 athletes in Wilmington and Winston-Salem. He joined Salem Academy as Head Soccer coach in 2019.

Swimming

Tim Hillen, Head Coach

tim.hillen@salem.edu

After receiving his MBA from Lewis University in 2003, Coach Hillen joined the Peace Corps and served in Cameroon within the field of Micro Finance and Small Business Banking. Upon returning to the United States in 2007, he moved to North Carolina and became the Director of Corporate Development for The Budd Group (Winston Salem, NC). In 2012, Hillen co-founded Enfinity Health Ventures (initially a health food company and personal training center). Drawing on his background and swimming experience, Enfinity established a Master’s Swim Club which has since evolved into the nationally recognized Enfinity Aquatic Club. What started with 12 swimmers at Salem College has expanded to 3 branches with 200+ swimmers. Hillen most enjoys spending time with his wife, Andrea, and their dog, Gunnar. He considers his most accomplished moment in swimming to be when his wife served as his first-ever Olympic Trial Qualifier.

Coaching Career Highlights
  • North Carolina: 32 Junior National Qualifiers, 45 state titles, 16 state records and 1 National Jr/Sr National Team Member.  Of the 12 founding swimmers that started the club, 6 have since gone on to swim in college (Florida State, Harvard, UNC Chapel Hill, Ferrum, Washington and Lee, Emory and Henry).
  • Illinois: Graduate Assistant, Lewis University Swim Team, 2005- 2007. Under the direction of Head Coach Jennifer Arndt, Tim worked closely in areas of program development, administration and recruiting. Over the course of the two collegiate seasons, Lewis University produced 14 School Records, 4 NCAA National Qualifiers, 2 All-Americans and 1 Olympic Trials Qualifier.
  • Wisconsin: McFarland Spartan Sharks (Age Group Coach), 2005. Before starting graduate school, Tim spent 1 summer with the McFarland Sharks, leading the 12-and-under program. During this time Tim coached 5 state titles and 2 High Point Champions.
  • Minnesota: Saint Cloud State Swim Club (Senior Level Coach), 2002-2004. Over the two-year stint with SCSC Tim’s 13-14 Boys Program amassed: 14 Individual State Titles, 6 Age Group State Records and 6 State Relay Titles, 2 State High Point Winners.

Vavina Lapham, Assistant Coach

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Vavina Lapham’s love for swimming has been a lifelong passion. A former competitive swimmer and surfer, Coach Lapham graduated from South Stokes High School. She trained under coach Phyllis Steinman (at the Rowan Aquatic Center in Salisbury, N.C.) and holds records in backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.

Coach Lapham attended the University of Georgia where she studied Exercise and Sports Science. A former coach at Swim Atlanta (recognized as a USA Swimming Top-5 team), Lapham coached: Masters, Senior AM, Senior I-3, and Advanced Age Group. Under the guidance of USA Swimming Elite-Level Coach Landon Harris, she worked with top swimmers and coaches as an assistant with the U.S. National Team.
 

Lapham also served as a Community Coach for Forsyth Central High School 7-A Swim Team and Otwell Middle School. She is a USA Swimming and ASCA certified coach. The mother of three children (Brianna, Kacie, and Brayden), Lapham’s hobbies include swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, scuba diving, and surfing.
 

Tennis

Varner Sink, Head Coach

sinksamson2003@twc.com

A graduate of NC State University, Varner Sink built an impressive tennis career: He won seven City Open championships and was ranked a Top Ten Player in North Carolina four times.

Coach Sink joined the Academy coaching staff in 2004 where he has been equally impressive. In 2016, his team went 14-0, capturing the TAC regular season title and conference tournament title. He also led the 2006 team to a Conference Championship and coached TAC Players of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2016, & 2017, as well as the Player of the Year Runners-Up in 2007 and 2008.

Sink was named Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2016 and Coach of the Year Runner-Up in 2007. When not coaching at the Academy, he serves on the board of the Lexington Tennis Association (where he has held the positions of president and vice president). Sink also coaches the boy’s tennis team at Lexington High School where he was named Coach of the Year in 2009, 2015, and 2016.

Track and Field

Krissy Klos, Head Coach

athletics@salemacademy.edu

A native of Oakfield, NY, Krissy Klos grew up playing soccer and quickly learned she possessed the gift of speed. She started running track in 7th grade and in high school, earned two New York state titles in the 100-meter sprint. Coach Klos competed in both sports at SUNY Geneseo, where she graduated with a degree in Studio Art Studio and Graphics Production. 

After completing master’s in Art Education at Nazareth College, Coach Klos launched her coaching career. She coached track at St. John Fisher College (SJFC) in Rochester, NY for 7 year, moving from assistant sprint coach to associate head coach of cross country and track and field. There, she helped several athletes achieve All American status.

Coach Klos currently resides in Winston Salem with her husband, Jason, and their two black labs, Tyken and Huntley. She also works as the assistant facility director for JDL Fast Track.

Volleyball

Tamara Vander Lugt, Head Coach

TLVanderLugt@gmail.com

Coach Vander Lugt joined Salem Academy as Head Volleyball Coach in 2018. A native of California, she moved to North Carolina as a high school sophomore and graduated from West Forsyth High School.  After earning best female athlete All-Conference for several years and competing in states for shot put and discus, Coach Vander Lugt received volleyball scholarship to Pfeiffer University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. For 17 years after college, Coach played competitively with USA Volleyball, while also refereeing and coaching Junior Olympic Volleyball at Triad club team, RJ Reynolds, and West Forsyth High School. Coach Vander Lugt says volleyball is her first love and greatest passion!

Felecia Penn, Assistant Coach

felecia.penn@salem.edu

Felecia Penn is an Academy alumna, class of 2003 (“Go, Gold!”), and a Winston-Salem resident. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2008 with a degree in Merchandising. Prior to joining Salem in 2014, Ms. Penn served as the product sales manager for the Girl Scout Carolinas Peak-to-Piedmont Council. As director of student activities, she plans exciting events for students (dances, laser tag, Carowinds trip, Asheville/Durham day adventures, etc.), advises student organizations, and assists with the residential life program. She also serves as a freshman class sponsor, helping new students at the start of their Salem journey.  After school, Ms. Penn can be found on the volleyball court, either playing or coaching Salem’s varsity volleyball team.