Vavina Lapham developed a love for swimming that followed her through her entire life. A former competitive swimmer who graduated from South Stokes High School, along with being a surfer and record holder in backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, Lapham trained under coach Phyllis Steinman at the Rowan Aquatic Center in Salisbury, N.C.
She attended Valdosta State University, and later the University of Georgia, where she studied exercise and sports science.
A former coach at Swim Atlanta, recognized traditionally as a USA Swimming Top-5 team, Vavina coached: Masters, Senior AM, Senior I-3 and Advanced Age Group. Under the guidance of USA Swimming Elite Level coach Landon Harris, she had the honor of working with some of USA Swimming’s most elite coaches & swimmers as an assistant with the U.S. National Team.
“I have had the extreme pleasure of coaching swimmers that have now moved to Swim in Division I, II or III Swim," said Lapham. "Schools such Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Arizona State, Mizzou, Emory and Georgia Tech to name a few."
Lapham has also served as a Community Coach for Forsyth Central High School 7-A Swim Team and Otwell Middle School and is a USA Swimming and ASCA certified coach.
Vavina’s hobbies include: swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, scuba diving and surfing.
She has three kids (Brianna, Kacie and Brayden) and is looking forward to bringing her passion for swimming and coaching back to the community that she grew up in as a youth.