PAINESVILLE, Ohio—Lake Erie College Track and Field Head Coach Grant Lofdahl announced the additions of Kristin Stam and Destinee Romain to the coaching staff.
Stam will serve as a full-time assistant while Romain will serve as the graduate assistant.
Stam joins the Storm staff after spending two years at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania as an assistant. She will work with the Storm's sprinters and jumpers.
"I'm very happy to announce the hiring of Kristin Stam as the assistant coach for track and field and cross country at LEC," said Lofdahl. "Kristin brings tremendous knowledge, dedication, and enthusiasm to her work. She was the clear choice, among a strong pool of applicants, to help our program continue to grow and improve."
At Susquehanna, Stam worked with sprinters and jumpers, helping with daily workouts, strength and conditioning and recruiting. Stam's student-athletes at Susquehanna broke four school records and produced 17 Landmark Conference Champion performances, nine First-Team All-Conference Honorees, 27 regionally ranked performances and one NCAA DIII Indoor National Qualifier. In May 2014, the Susquehanna staff was named Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.
Before her time at Susquehanna, Stam spent four years as a volunteer assistant at Wellsboro Area High School. At the high school Stam spearheaded the addition of a winter track and field program as well as serving as an assistant on the outdoor team, working with jumpers.
Stam graduated from Susquehanna in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree and PA Certification in Elementary Education. As a student-Athlete, Stam earned numerous honors and broke the school record in indoor/outdoor long jump and indoor triple jump. She ranked as high as 30th amongst Division-III triple jumpers and earned an USTFCCCA Academic All-American honor in the event. In May 2012, she was named to the Susquehanna All-Academic Track Team and Field Athlete of the Year.
"Her strong background in the horizontal and vertical jumps, as well as in the sprints and hurdles, will be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes across that spectrum of events, continued Lofdahl. "Even more importantly, Kristin brings a passion for both teaching and learning, and a strong moral character, all of which are vital to the mission of our program and to the college as a whole. Athletic Director Reid Guarnieri and I were in agreement that her experience, personality and background make her an ideal fit for LEC."
Romain joins the Storm staff after a successful career as a student-athlete at the University of Central Florida. She will coach the Storm's throwers.
"I am pleased to be bringing Destinee Romain to the LEC Track and Field and Cross Country family as our new graduate assistant," said Lofdahl. "Destinee was an outstanding student-athlete at UCF, a powerhouse track and field program, and is eager to start her career as a coach."
In her senior year, Romain earned All-American Athletic Conference Outdoor Third-Team Honors in the hammer throw, earning a spot in the NCAA East Preliminary. During the season, she had a personal best throw of 55.45 meters (181'11") at the UNF Invite. She also had a career best in the shot put at the UNF Finals, winning the event with a throw of 14.13 meters (46'4.25"). At the American Indoor Championships, Romain took silver in the weight throw with a toss of 19.79 meters (64'11.25").
In addition to being a member of the team, Romain was a member of the Central Florida Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years. Outside of the college, Romain volunteered at Florida Children's Hospital and the Miracle League.
Romain received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology in May of 2014.
"Her work ethic, expertise in the throwing events, self-discipline, and team-first approach were some of the factors that made her stand out among a deep pool of applicants," concluded Lofdahl. "Her willingness to gain new experiences -- coming from a large Division-I university in the south to a small Division-II college in the Midwest -- and her desire to learn and grow will strengthen and enhance our throwing corps, and our program as a whole."