Coaches Bios

Meet our Coaches!

Cross Country/Track & Field: Miriam Winkler

miriamMiriam Winkler has been involved in athletics for almost as long as she could start running (about the same time as she mastered walking)! She competed in the Junior Olympics at age 9 placing 3rd in the 1500 meter run and 4th in the 800 meter run. During high school she lettered in Basketball, Cross Country and Track & Field. She went on to run Cross Country at the college level, NCAA III.

After graduation from Eastern University with a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Health and Physical Education, Miriam went on staff with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for 6 years in Washington, D.C. She has continued to run and exercise as a way of life competing in various 5, 10k’s and half marathons. She launched her own Laser Tag company almost 6 years ago. Go Go Laser Tag is on both the East and West Coast, bringing physical fitness and fun to birthday parties, youth, and corporate events alike. She is excited to pass on her inspiration for fitness and health to all students and athletes including her three children who will be students at VCSI this coming fall.

Ladies Volleyball: Carie Crain

carieHello my name is Carie Crain, and I’ve been involved in sports for as long as I can remember. Volleyball has definitely influenced my life by teaching me discipline and bringing me a lot of joy. Growing up I played on a few club teams as well as at Portland Adventist Academy, where I became a setter. Being the only setter on the team gave me a lot of responsibility as an offensive and defensive player. Being the captain all four years and being in the school office for sports coordination challenged me to become a team leader. Due to an injury I lost my college scholarships for volleyball. I have since been able to tell people my story and to encourage others to not make the same mistake of hiding an injury and not seeking immediate care. I also teach the importance of sports safety and prevention training. I believe in the OJVA training and technical ways. They follow top colleges, such as Penn State, which leads them to success in all age groups.

Coaching at PAES a newer volleyball program, I was able to train athletes and watch them grow as players, which lead to a single loss season. This season they were in the championship match for the first time in almost 20 years. I then started coaching at OJVA, and every year since my team has surpassed my expectations. It has been a privilege to be mentored by some of the best in the state (Marty Mozzochi, Steve Suttich and Jennette Lee of OJVA). It’s the passion and the heart for the game that ignites the fire. It’s the bond and relationship which you have with God that connects your team and makes you all a family, and encourages you to build from each other.

Last year I was also given the opportunity to start a volleyball team at LCMCS a local charter school. Using OJVA methods I worked with the girls on the fundamental techniques, and basic training to prep student athletes for later years of school sports. I believe there is value & responsibility in being a head coach, and with this role I want to encourage, teach positivity, a hard-working mentality, good sportsmanship, and to inspire those around us. Let us be the team that everyone loves to play, and learns from every game (win or lose). In every practice or game there is something we can learn and grow from. Technique, good attitudes, and strong spiritual beliefs is what I look forward to bringing out in the VCSI Knights team. I’m excited to go through the journey with you, and see how much we can truly accomplish. – Coach Carie

Girls Basketball: Stephen Baker

UntitledStephen grew up locally in the Portland area and went to Gladstone High School where he was a three sport athlete of football, basketball, and baseball. As a Senior, Stephen was selected as the captain of the baseball team and received all-state honors as a catcher when he helped lead his team to Gladstone’s first State Championship Baseball game.

After high school, Stephen decided to pursue his passion of coaching to use sports to positively affect the lives around him. He has coached many levels and forms of baseball, football, and basketball.
After coaching 7th-8th grade baseball, as well as being assistant coach to J.V. teams, he offered private lessons to players to help develop their skills. Stephen was Head Football Coach at the Jordan Kent Skills Camp, utilizing his long time love and knowledge of football to help train kids of all ages.
In 2015, Stephen joined The Other Side of Basketball, and currently helps coach 3rd-8th graders. He also leads the outreach program for Verne McKinney Middle School, and participates in other events for kids in the community.

Stephen loves spending time with his beautiful wife, Rachel and their son, Judah. He also enjoys snowboarding, surfing and almost anything active. He has always loved serving in his church and community, and looks forward to all that God has planned for him. He is excited to use the skills that were given to him to encourage and help those around him.

Boy’s Basketball: Tim Mahan

timTim grew up in Puyallup, Washington where he played high school basketball at Roger High School. After dealing with an ACL tear his sophomore year, he went on to finish his final two years on the varsity team. In his senior year, he was five 3-point field goals away from beating the single season school record.

Although he received a couple of offers from other schools, Tim decided to sign with Portland Bible College to pursue his calling into ministry. It is at PBC where Tim’s best basketball years would take place. Throughout his 4 years at PBC, Tim would become two-time all-conference, three-time all-region, one-time all-American, and earn multiple all-tournament teams. Portland Bible became a national competitor and went on to beat multiple D-3, D-2 and NAIA competitors. Tim scored 26 points vs Seattle University and 13 points vs University of Portland. Tim now holds records at Portland Bible College for most points in a career, most 3-pointers made in a single season, and most 3-point makes in a career.

Tim is now the youth pastor at Living Hope Church (Citizens Youth Church) in Aloha Oregon.  He enjoys spending his time with his beautiful wife Alyssa, working out, and learning to become the best leader he can be.