Head Coach:Anita Howard
Overall Record: 38-16
Coach Anita Howard won Great South Coach of the Year in her first year as the head coach for the Salem basketball program. The team finished in second place in Great South regular season play, and lost in the championship game of the tournament. Howard coached two players to the GSAC All-Conference team, one to NCSIAA All-State, and Satavia Taylor (Chicago, IL) was the GSAC Player of the Year.
Howard came to the Spirits with a wealth of coaching experience. She was most recently the associate head coach at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh for this past season. Howard was also an assistant coach at Shaw University, and she helped lead Shaw to the 2011 NCAA Division II Final Four. That team was also the 2011 CIAA Conference Champions.
She had a stellar playing career. Howard was the 1998 Georgia High School Player of the Year in 1998. She went on to play at Fort Valley State University (FVSU), where she was a three-time defender of the year and a team captain. Howard also played one season at Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU), where she was also the team’s defender of the year and a team captain.
During her time at St. Augustine and Shaw, Howard served as the basketball recruiting coordinator, defensive coordinator, travel planner, and she supervised team managers. She also has collegiate coaching experience at Winston-Salem State University, where she served as an assistant coach at Winston-Salem State University in 2006-2007.
She has time coaching AAU basketball for both the Peach State Elite Basketball Program and the Nike AAU Basketball Program. Howard was an assistant coach at Savannah High School from 2005-2006. She is currently the basketball academy coordinator at the YMCA in Kernersville, and she is a Skill Development Trainer/Motivational Speaker in Winston-Salem.
Howard graduated from AASU Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in Fine Art and Design. She was on the dean’s list at AASU for 1 year and at FVSU for 2 years.
Assistant Coaches: Scott Blake