Staff and Coaches
If you have questions about anything related to athletics at Saint Mary's School, please feel free to contact the appropriate people as listed below.
Jennifer Hummel, Assistant Coach
Sandy Merkel DeJames, Head Varsity Coach
Gary DeJames, Assistant Varsity Coach
Robert Guzzo, Head Varsity Coach
Virginia "Gina" Minton '82C, Head Varsity Coach
Louisa "Lou" Garvey '82HS '84C, Assistant Varsity Coach
Lisa Gwyn, Head JV Coach
Colleen Cassada, Head Varsity Coach
Margaret Geiger, Head JV Coach
Meredith Primm, Head Varsity Coach
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Ruth Morrongiello, Assistant Varsity Coach
Allie Morsberger, JV Coach
Stephanie Webb, Head Varsity Coach
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Robbie Cox, Assistant Varsity Coach
Tad Wahlstrom, Assistant Varsity Coach
Penn Lunger, Head Varsity Coach
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Colleen Camaione-Edonston, Assistant Varsity Coach
Loftin Johnson, Head JV Coach
Lou Garvey, JV Assistant Soccer Coach
TRACK AND FIELD
Kayla Wyscarver, Head Varsity Coach
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Jennifer Hummel, Assistant Varsity Coach
Zorayda Rodriguez, Assistant Varsity Coach
Kayla Wyscarver | Head Cross Country & Track & Field
Originally, from central Ohio, Kayla Scott attended Ohio University, where she studied language arts education, 7th-12th grades. At Ohio University, she was a member of the cross country and track and field teams, specializing in the 3,000-meter steeple chase and the 5,000-meter run. She was team captain for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. Ms. Scott earned a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina in 2018, where she was able to utilize her remaining red-shirt eligibility to participate on the Gamecocks’ cross country and track and field teams. Ms. Scott is excited to help inspire Saint Mary’s School student-athletes to become confident and mentally strong in their sport.
Jennifer Hummel | Assistant Varsity Cross Country & Track & Field
Jennifer Hummel is assistant coach with the Cross-Country and Track and Field teams. Ms. Hummel is a graduate of North Carolina State University, graduating in 1997 and 1999 with degrees in biological science and science education. She is Saint Mary’s science department chair and teaches AP Environmental Science and Chemistry. While living in Valdosta, Georgia, and teaching at a Georgia Independent School Association member school, she began coaching boys’ and girls’ cross-country in 2011 and started their track and field program. The Highland Christian Academy boys eventually went on to win first in region and third in the state of Georgia in 2013 and 2014. Ms. Hummel enjoys coaching because it allows her to see another side of her students that is different from what she sees in the classroom setting.
Colleen Cassada | Head Varsity Field Hockey
Coach Cassada's coaching experience includes five seasons as Cary Academy's head varsity coach and one year as an assistant at Chapel Hill High School. She spent six years with the USFHA Futures Program, including three years as a site director. During that time, Coach Cassada owned and coached the Carolina Fury Club Team. In December 2019, Coach Cassada was hired as the assistant coach for the new field hockey program at Meredith College in Raleigh.
A certified umpire since 2012, Coach Cassada also holds accreditation as an umpire trainer. She works games for NCAA Division II, college club programs, and high schools, and annually officiates USFHA events. She also serves as a high school umpire assignor.
A four-year starting forward for the NCAA Division I Maryland Terrapins, Coach Cassada earned a host of accolades, including first team All-American and Regional All-American selections. She garnered ACC Rookie of the year, All-ACC Tournament honors, and completed her collegiate eligibility with school records for career goals and points. She also played on the United States U16, U19 and U21 Junior National Teams beginning in 1999.
Sandy Merkel DeJames, Ph.D. | Head Varsity Volleyball
Sandy Merkel DeJames, Ph.D., is co-founder of NC Elite Volleyball Club, and serves as president, master coach and board chair. She has been involved with club volleyball since 2000, and in the Raleigh area since 2003. While coaching, Dr. Merkel DeJames successfully led her teams to qualify for the USAV Junior Olympic National Championships in every season she coached and won several regional and divisional championships. In addition to her club volleyball coaching experience, she has coached numerous collegiate camps throughout Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and coached junior high school volleyball in her hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio. She played high school volleyball for nationally recognized Cincinnati Seton as a setter and outside hitter, leading her team to several GGCL conference, regional and Ohio state championships, while earning all-conference, all-region, and all-state honors. Collegiately, she was a three sport NCAA Division 1 scholarship athlete; a four-year letter winner and three-time all-conference setter and MVP with the UNC Charlotte women’s varsity volleyball team, MVP of the women’s varsity track team (4 varsity letters), and starting midfielder for the 1995 Conference USA Championship UNC Charlotte women’s varsity soccer team (one varsity letter). She completed her collegiate career holding career and single season school records in assists, digs and service aces, as well as a NCAA Division 1 national ranking of 14th in all-time career assists. She holds a B.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. in Biology and completed her post-doctoral training at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She has held various executive and leadership positions in the applied biotechnology and life sciences industries primarily focused on strategy, innovation and technology development, has founded 3 companies, and is currently president and CEO of Harmonize Strategy Group, developing and driving corporate, innovation and investment strategy, and providing executive and leadership coaching and training (LinkedIn). She has also served on various boards and advisory committees, currently serving as board member and governance committee chair for the Institute For Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University, a preeminent think tank that brings together individuals and groups to pursue solutions to North Carolina's challenges and strengthen the future competitiveness of the State.
Gary DeJames | Assistant Varsity Volleyball
Gary DeJames is co-founder of NC Elite Volleyball Club and serves as executive director, master coach, and board member. Mr. DeJames has been involved in coaching club volleyball in the Carolina region since 2001, during which time he coached his teams to 10 Carolina region championships and participation in 11 USAV national championships. He has also coached at numerous high schools in North Carolina including Saint Mary’s School, Sanderson High School, Broughton High School, and Cresset Christian Academy in Durham. He was named Cap-6 Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 (Sanderson High School) and Carolina Christian Conference Coach of the Year in 1998 (Cresset Christian Academy). Before moving to the Carolinas, he coached boys’ high school and JO volleyball in Buffalo, New York. He has been playing volleyball for over 25 years and has won numerous outdoor and indoor events, including a first-place finish at the 2005 USAV Men's Adult National Championships, where he was awarded All-Tournament Team honors. He is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo, New York, where he earned a B.S. in health and wellness with a minor in coaching. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (NASM - National Academy of Sports Medicine), and currently works for Milliken & Company as the national field sales director for the healthcare division.
Colin Murasko | Head JV Volleyball
Colin Murasko is the head junior varsity volleyball coach. Mr. Murakso holds an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Claremont Graduate University in California and a B.F.A. in sculpture and drawing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, where he played for the men’s club volleyball team. He also played competitive sand volleyball and elite track and field. Mr. Murasko has held several coaching positions at both day and boarding schools in cross country, track and field, and volleyball. The love of the game keeps Mr. Murasko on the court and field.
Gina Minton | Head Varsity Tennis
Varsity Tennis Coach Gina Minton graduated from Saint Mary’s in 1982 and loved playing tennis under Coach Mary Lou Jones. Coach Minton played high school tennis, soccer, and basketball in Wilson at Greenfield school. She has a degree in fitness from AFAA and puts that to use in creating a fitness program for the tennis team. She has been coaching varsity tennis at Saint Mary’s for five years and has loved every minute of it. Being with such a great group of girls makes it special and coaching with two of her good friends makes it an incredible experience every year. As a Saint Mary’s alumna, she enjoys being back on a campus where so many memories and great friendships were built!
Louisa "Lou" Garvey '82HS '84C | Assistant Varsity Tennis, Assistant JV Soccer
Louisa ‘Lou’ Garvey ’82HS ’84C is the varsity assistant coach of the Saint Mary’s tennis program. Ms. Garvey, and her daughter, are Saint Mary's alumnae. Ms. Garvey started playing tennis at Saint Mary’s under Coach Mary Lou Jones. Ms. Garvey is thrilled to be coaching at Saint Mary’s again with Gina Minton. Today, Ms. Garvey continues to play with the USTA Women’s League Tennis (4.5) as well as coaching challenge soccer through CASL.
Lisa Gwyn | Head JV Tennis
Lisa Gwyn is the junior varsity tennis head coach. Ms. Gwyn is a Raleigh native who started her playing career at Broughton High School. She is in her fifth year of coaching junior varsity and developing the Saint Mary’s tennis student-athletes. She enjoys being on the Saint Mary’s campus and a part of the athletic staff, as her daughter graduated class of 2019.
Robert Guzzo | Head Varsity Golf
Bio coming soon.
Rob Weltz | Director of Athletics, Head Varsity Basketball
Bio coming soon.
Jeff Kreps, Ph.D. | Head JV Basketball
Jeff Krepps, head junior varsity basketball coach, earned a Ph.D. in family therapy in 2004. He works as the director of behavioral health education and research at Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. He played basketball, baseball, and football while growing up in New York and Virginia, and he is an avid college basketball fan. Jeff has four daughters, all of whom have played sports. When his youngest two daughters began showing an interest in basketball several years ago, Dr. Kreps worked with I-9 sports and later the Wake County Basketball Association to develop all-girls recreation basketball leagues, as few opportunities existed for girls. As a result, he began coaching girls’ youth basketball and has coached eight seasons. He also coaches youth soccer and has coached youth baseball. He has been the head coach of the junior varsity basketball team at Saint Mary’s since the 2018-2019 season and always looks forward to being on the basketball court.
Margaret Geiger | Head Varsity Swimming, Assistant Field Hockey
Margaret Geiger is the head coach for varsity swimming. This will be her 11th year of coaching swimming, and her 6th year with the Saints. Additionally, this will be her first year coaching field hockey for the Saints. Coach Geiger has had the pleasure of working with multiple swim teams in North and South Carolina, coaching swimmers ranging from the preschool to high school level. She has coached for all different kinds of teams; including the NC State University Club, SMRT (Southern Marlins Racing Team in Charleston, SC), MOR (Marlins of Raleigh), and Shepherds Vineyard in Apex.
Coach Geiger started swimming competitively at age four and continued her swim career through her junior year at Enloe High School, specializing in breaststroke. She is looking forward to seeing the athletic programs continue to grow and is excited for another year of great competition.
Katherine Reedy, Ph.D. | Assistant Varsity Swimming
Katherine Reedy. Ph.D. is Saint Mary’s assistant swim team coach. She also supports the triangle swimming program. Originally from Chicago, Dr. Reedy swam competitively from elementary school into high school. Additionally, she was a competitive sailor and diver. Dr. Reedy coached skiing, fitness, and community service for 10 years at a boarding school in Michigan. This is her second year supporting the Saint Mary’s athletics programs. In her spare time, Dr. Reedy continues to enjoy water sports.
Meredith Primm | Head Varsity Lacrosse
Meredith Primm is the Saints’ lacrosse head coach. She hopes to build on the foundation of success that the girls established in previous seasons and has high hopes for the program. Prior to arriving at Saint Mary’s School, Ms. Primm coached SOUL Lacrosse in Tampa, Fla. She was responsible for building the goalie program curriculum and served as an assistant coach for all age groups. She also worked as an assistant coach for Academy of the Holy Names.
Ms. Primm is a graduate of The Benjamin School, where she learned to love the game and helped lead her team to district and conference titles. She was a member of The LaxManiax club team and went on to play college lacrosse at Florida State University. While at FSU, she was a one-year captain and voted the team MVP in her senior season.
Ms. Primm is a proud FSU alum and loves to be able to support her beloved Seminoles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in family and child sciences, which she puts to use each day as a member of the student life team at Saint Mary’s School. She is currently pursuing certifications in coaching weightlifting and strength training, which she believes will better her as a coach. She is excited for the future of Saint Mary’s lacrosse and can’t wait to see how the program continues to grow
Ruth Morrongiello | Assistant Varsity Lacrosse
Ruth Morrongiello | Assistant Varsity Lacrosse
Ruth Morrongiello is the Assistant Lacrosse Coach. Formly from Long Island, NY where she has been playing lacrosse since childhood. Ms. Morrongiello played lacrosse competitively in high school and on the Liberty Travel Team when first founded. Ms. Morrongiello is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology/Minor in Public Health in 2009. While at Muhlenberg, she played for the DIII Women's Lacrosse Team as a starting mid-fielder and attacker. She was captain in her senior year, leading the Mules lax to the Centennial Conference playoffs for the 2nd time in the programs history. Ms. Morrongiello was recognized by the Centennial Conference as All-Region (2nd Team -2009), All-Conference (2nd Team M- 2009), All-Conference (Honorable Mention A- 2008), and scoring her 100th goal in just her junior year. After undergraduate, Ms. Morrongiello worked in college admissions while helping recruit and part-time coached at the collegiate level at Hartwick College, NY and Mount Saint Mary College, NY.
Ms. Morrongiello attended Manhattan College where she received her Master's in School Counseling in 2017 while working as an admissions counselor in their Admisisons Office. Today, she is one of the Assistant Director of College Counseling at SMS. She is always looking forward to getting on the field with the SMS players and working with head coach Meredith Primm.
Stephanie Webb | Head Varsity Softball, Assistant JV Volleyball
Originally from Connecticut, Ms. Webb holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she also played club volleyball and softball. She made her way to Raleigh in 2014 and is currently the director of student life at Saint Mary’s. She started her coaching career during summer camps while at UNC-W, which fueled her passion to study sport leadership in graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Webb brings an array of knowledge and experience to our athletic program from coaching at the middle school to high school levels in various sports including volleyball, basketball and softball. Since coaching at Saint Mary’s, she has enjoyed getting to know the girls in a different arena at in addition to giving full support and sole focus to the development and success of these young women.
Robbie Cox | Assistant Varsity Softball
Softball Assistant Coach Robbie Cox hails from Greenville, North Carolina, and has lived in Raleigh since 1983. He holds a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He played varsity baseball at Duke, where he started all four years in the outfield and was selected Second Team All ACC in 1975. He played in the Shenandoah Valley Summer League and in Baton Rouge for a Class A minor league team upon graduation. Coach Cox has coached baseball and softball at all levels from T ball through high school. He started helping the SMS softball team in 2018 and enjoys working with the girls on improving their fundamentals of batting, fielding and base running. After retiring from law practice, he began a second career at Merrill Lynch in Raleigh. He and his wife, Catherine Cox, have been involved at Saint Mary’s for years having had a daughter graduate from SMS in 2008.
Tad Wahlstrom | Assistant Varsity Softball
Bio coming soon.
Penn Graves Lunger | Head Varsity Soccer
Penn Graves Lunger begins her fourth season in 2021 as head coach of the Saint Mary's varsity soccer team. Coach Lunger attended St. Andrew's School in Delaware, where she lettered in and captained three varsity sports. She returned to her home state of North Carolina to play college soccer and earn a B.A. in English at Davidson College. A four-year starter at Davidson, she was voted co-captain and earned a most valuable player award her senior year. In 2010, Mrs. Lunger earned an M.A. in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She taught 14 years of high school English at Blair Academy in New Jersey and St. Andrew's School in Delaware and is currently pursuing a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her coaching resume includes assistant and head coaching positions at St. Andrew's and Blair Academy. At Blair, Coach Lunger led the team to the New Jersey State Prep A title game in 2012. She has coached numerous Division I and Division III soccer players. She and her spirited assistant coach, Colleen Camaione-Edmonston, seek to create a competitive yet positive team culture.
Colleen Camaione-Edmonston | Assistant Varsity Soccer
Colleen Camaione-Edmonston is Saint Mary’s assistant soccer coach. A Connecticut native, Coach Camaione-Edmonston has coached soccer since she was in high school. Building young programs in clubs, high schools, and colleges is always where she found joy. Holding a national license through the NSCAA, she started programs at Wilson High School and Louisa High School in Virginia, coached both boys and girls at Myers Park High School, in Charlotte, coached classic and challenge level teams for the Richmond, Virginia, Capitals; the Charlotte United Futbol Club; and CASL/NCFC. Teaching kids from age three to 18, Coach Camaione-Edmonston has coached at camps and clinics up and down the East Coast and directed the recreational soccer program for the town of Tarboro, North Carolina. Yet, her oldest players were collegiate athletes when she was an assistant coach at Randolph-Macon College (DIII) and at the University of Richmond (DI). Her love of soccer began at age five, and she grew to play for regional select teams, for the CT State ODP team, and earned All-State and All-Conference honors at E.O. Smith High School. While at Davidson College, she was an English major, a four-year soccer starter, a senior captain, and an award winner, earning the Class of ‘94 Award. Her highest level of play was at the semi-pro level for the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the W-League. A career-long educator, Coach Camaione-Edmonston holds a master’s in education from the Curry School at The University of Virginia. She has taught students from pre-school through college in North Carolina and Virginia public schools, at Louisburg College, at Episcopalian middle schools (Trinity in Charlotte and St. Timothy’s in Raleigh), and was the Director of Christian Education at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church. For the eighth year, Ms. Camaione-Edmonston spends her days in seventh grade classrooms teaching literature and writing and is lucky to have taught many Saint Mary’s Saints. In the fall, she coaches the varsity boys’ soccer team at St. Timothy’s School. No stranger to campus, Coach Camaione-Edmonston assisted Coach Lunger last season and spent previous years in the theater watching her eldest son, Patrick, act alongside Saint Mary’s talented actors.
Loftin Johnson | Head JV Soccer
Loftin Johnson is a 2008 graduate of Saint Mary’s School, where she was a boarding student. She played varsity tennis, basketball, and soccer at Saint Mary’s, and played club soccer and club tennis at the University of Georgia where she graduated with a degree in recreation and leisure studies. After college, she moved to Nashville, Tenn., and became a personal trainer. She has certifications in personal training, group fitness, spin, and TRX. She moved to Raleigh in 2018 and is thrilled to be back on Nimocks Field coaching JV soccer. With a passion for sports and fitness, she is excited to lead Triangle Fitness at Saint Mary’s during the fall and winter seasons.