Salem College

Salem College Athletics
601 S. Church St. Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Division 3 North Carolina Southeast
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Octavia Saunders

Octavia Saunders has been named Head Soccer Coach for the Salem College Spirits. The UK native will be at the helm of the Salem College soccer team looking to build on the historic success of the program.


"I'm so grateful for the opportunity to lead the Salem soccer program and work for an educational institution that takes full pride in all of their students,” said Coach Saunders. “My goal, and what I see for the future of Salem soccer, is to continue and build upon their successes and form a true Salem soccer family.”


Saunders brings a wealth of knowledge to the Spirits for the 2018 season after most recently spending three years as the assistant coach at Brevard College where under her coaching they reached a program-best 11-6-1 record and all-time best in NCAA era. While with the Tornados, she also worked for the North Carolina Olympic Development Program and the Highland Football Club.


“I would like to thank the Salem College Athletic Director, Trish Hughes, who has given me this opportunity to take on the Salem soccer program. I would also like to thank Juan Mascaro, my mentor from Brevard College, who has helped me grow into the coach I am today.”


Coach Saunders was a standout on the field as she started every match for the Montevallo Falcons. Her leadership ability was noted as she was named captain for her junior and senior seasons. Success translated to the classroom for Saunders as well, as she was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll three times. Saunders earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Montevallo.

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Katlin Burns

Katlin Burns joined the Salem athletics staff in July 2018 as graduate assistant coach.


"Coach Burns was the one I knew I wanted to hire as soon as I took the job," Head Soccer Coach Octavia Saunders said. "She is a fantastic asset to my coaching staff and this program. Burns brings tremendous knowledge of the game and work ethic. We’re excited to bring her into the family.”


Prior to Salem, Burns served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at Gardner-Webb University during the 2017-2018 season. She also coached for the Greater Cleveland County Soccer Association (GCCSA) for two seasons and served as assistant coach for Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy girls varsity soccer team.


Burns, a North Carolina native played at Brevard College for four seasons (2013-2017). She appeared in 61 games, starting 26 of them playing at forward/midfield her first three years. Burns captained the team her senior season while switching roles to defense to finish out her last year at Brevard. She graduated from Brevard College in May 2017 with a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science and is now continuing her education here at Salem College in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Special Education program.


“I was extremely excited to receive the call from my former Coach Ocky, offering me this wonderful opportunity to coach at the collegiate level as well as continue my education," Burns said. "I have known Octavia for a while and she when I was playing for her, I always said 'when you become a head coach just call me up and I’ll be there.' So here I am and I couldn’t imagine coaching alongside and learning from anyone else.”

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