The First Academy Royals Athletic Hall of Fame

Jake Schrimsher TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2012 member Jake Schrimsher

Jake Schrimsher – Class of 1997

In the early years of The First Academy’s Athletic Program, Jake Schrimsher played a leading role not only in competition, but in the formation of the standards of excellence TFA is so proud to hold today. As a multi-sport athlete, Jake’s reputation at TFA and in the community is one of talent, perseverance and bold leadership. Because of the example Jake established as a student athlete, TFA is able to inspire those that follow him to strive for that same level of excellence.

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Michele Newman Moreman TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2012 member Michele Newman Moreman

Michele Moreman (Newman) – Class of 1999

As a player and coach at The First Academy, Michele Moreman claimed a total of seven State Championship titles. Michele’s successes in basketball and volleyball at The First Academy earned her a full athletic scholarship at Lynn University, where she holds the title as the only female athlete in the school’s history to earn All-American Status in two sports. After graduating college, Michele returned to The First Academy to continue her legacy of excellence through coaching. Michele will forever be remembered as an athlete and coach that led by example to her teammates as well as players. She taught that championships are achieved through hard work, overcoming obstacles, and performing selflessly to reach the highest levels.

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Krystal Thomas TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Krystal Thomas

Krystal Thomas – Class of 2007

Early in her athletics career at The First Academy, it was apparent that Krystal Thomas was destined for greatness. Krystal’s work ethic and talents were noticed, and it didn’t take long for her to realize her dreams and achieve the goals that she had set at an early age. Three trips to the final four and two State Championship titles stirred the interest of college coaches all over the nation. Krystal was able to live out her childhood dream of playing basketball for Duke University. At the completion of a successful college athletic career, Krystal achieved yet another goal of being drafted into the WNBA, where she currently serves on the roster of the Phoenix Mercury.

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Pastor Jim Henry TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2012 member Pastor Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor Emeritus – Friend of the Program

Brother Jim Henry’s vision for the Athletic Program is one of excellence. As the former Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Orlando, Brother Jim laid the foundation for fierce competitive play with a “Champions for Christ” attitude. Since the first TFA football game to recent State Championship titles, Brother Jim has been the Royal’s biggest cheerleader. Whether in the bleachers, on the sidelines, or leading devotion in the huddle, Brother Jim has impacted players, coaches, opponents, and fans with his energy and commitment to honor Christ through athletics. His impact on the Athletic Department of The First Academy continues to permeate today as our athletes continue to strive to perform in a way that glorifies Jesus Christ.

Payne Stewart TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2012 member Payne Stewart

Payne Stewart – Friend of the Program

With the same energy and finesse Payne Stewart Successfully demonstrated on the golf course, Payne ignited a campaign to complete the construction of The First Academy’s athletic complex.

Today, athletes and guests enjoy first class facilities that are envied throughout the state. Because Payne dreamed beyond and led the charge to give generously, TFA is blessed to have a facility that is fittingly named The Payne Stewart Athletic Complex.

Payne’s legacy is not only known throughout the world as a golf champion, but to the TFA family as a champion for our students. As a parent, a fan, and an ultimate encourager of our athletes, Payne’s energy and commitment to our program continues to be recognized today as we host events for the youngest of athletes to the highest level of competition in the field of athletics.

Alexa Deluzio TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2013 member Alexa Deluzio Augustine

Alexa Augustine (Deluzio) – Class of 2008

Alexa began her varsity basketball career at The First Academy in 6th grade. During her high school career she earned three All-Central Florida First Team honors and four All-County and All-State awards. She was also named the Florida Class 2A Player of the Year in 2006 and jointed The First Academy’s exclusive 2,000 point club after leading the Lady Royals to back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007.

Alexa went on to play basketball at Florida State University where she set numerous records on the court. She spent the 2013-14 basketball season on the Lady Royals basketball coaching staff where her Christ-centered leadership was passed on to the next generation of Lady Royals.

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Brittainy Millsaps TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2013 member Brittainy Mitchell Millsaps

Brittainy Mitchell (Millsaps) – Class of 1999

Brittainy holds the distinction of being the first state champion student-athlete at The First Academy. Brittainy claimed the honor in 1997 as a diver for the Lady Royals. During her high school career, Brittainy earned district and regional titles in addition to her state championship. She went on to dive at Asbury College where she earned national recognition on the one and three meter boards. She also placed third national for two consecutive years. Brittainy is a trailblazer and her deep commitment to excellence set the stage for all future student-athletes at The First Academy.

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Andy Warden TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2013 member Andy Warden, center

Andy Warden – Former Track & Field Coach and Friend of the Program

Andy Warden was instrumental in the development of the track & field program at The First Academy. His tremendous investments of time, energy and resources paved the way for all of the success that track & field student-athletes have enjoyed at The First Academy.

TFA is also proud to host the Golden South Track Meet, one of the most prestigious track & field events in the country. Mr. Warden sponsors the meet each summer and elite athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional levels gain national exposure.

Completed and dedicated in 2003, Warden Stadium is also a tribute to Mr. Warden’s deep commitment to every student-athlete at The First Academy.

Allison Barr TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2014 member Allison Barr

Allison Barr – Class of 2007

Allison was a thirteen-year student at The First Academy and a six-year member of the varsity swimming and diving program. She earned back-to-back state diving titles in 2005 and 2006. She was the 2006 Orlando Sentinel Diver of the Year, a three-time Pinch-A-Penny All-Star, three-time high school all-american and four-time “Who’s Who of Sports” honoree.

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Charles Cramer, Sr. TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2014 member Charles Cramer, Sr.

Charles Cramer, Sr. – Friend of the Program

Charles Cramer, Sr. has been a staple at The First Academy athletics events for more than twenty years. He has six grandchildren that have attended The First Academy, including three alumni. Mr. Cramer’s grandchildren have participated in multiple Royals and Lady Royals sports, including football, softball and track and field.

Mr. Cramer has been a member of First Baptist Church of Orlando for more than thirty years and been married to his wife, Brenda, for more than 50 years.

Jimmy Knott TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2014 member Jimmy Knott

Jimmy Knott – Assistant Basketball Coach

Jimmy has been a patron of Royals Athletics since the inception of The First Academy itself. He helped establish the Lady Royals basketball program in 1986. Jimmy has eight FHSAA State Final Four appearances as an assistant coach: five with Lady Royals Basketball and three with Royals Basketball.

He was an assistant coach when the Lady Royals won back-to-back state championships in 1997-98 and 1998-99.

Taylor Young TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2014 member Taylor Young

Taylor Young – Class of 2006

Taylor is one of the most decorated basketball players in school history. He helped lead The First Academy boys basketball program to back-to-back state final four appearances in 2004-05 and 2005-06. During that run, he broke multiple school records.

In 2006, Taylor was named the Class 2A Player of the Year, first team All-State and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee.

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Kroy Crofoot TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2015 member Kroy Crofoot

Kroy Crofoot – Volunteer Football Coach and Friend of the Program

Kroy was a volunteer Football Coach at TFA for 17 years and has graduated all 5 of his sons from The First Academy. All 5 went on to be Division 1 Football players. Kroy’s legacy stretches much further than just a football coach as he has impacted many student-athletes lives at The First Academy. In 2008 the Game field was dedicated and named after Kroy for his many years of dedication to TFA Athletics.

Ginger Millsaps TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2015 member Ginger Millsaps

Ginger Millsaps – Long Time Athletic Staff Member and Friend of the Program

Ginger was part of the inaugural staff at The First Academy and served for 28 years as a TFA Athletics staff member. Both of her children graduated from The First Academy and later came back to serve on staff at TFA.

During her time at TFA she touched more lives than she could have ever imagined. Her desk in the Athletic office was more than a work space, but rather a place for life change and love that only Mrs. Ginger could provide.

Ginger has served alongside and assisted every Athletic Director in TFA’s history and worked directly with every coach for 28 years. She is one of the core reasons TFA Athletics is where it is today.

Steve Newman TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2015 member Steve Newman

Steve Newman – Class of 2003

Steve began his Basketball career at TFA in 9th Grade and quickly blossomed into one of the best in TFA history. His senior season he was a member of the Class 2A All-State First Team. He is currently the all-time leading rebounder, all-time leading shot blocker, and 5th all-time in most points scored. Steve became the 1st Division 1 Boys Basketball signee in school history, when he signed to play for The University of Georgia.

He continued his Basketball career in Athens where he was a 4 year letterman and started at least one game each year. His sophomore season he was a co-captain of the Bulldogs squad and started all 28 games that year. He averaged just under 20 minutes per game for his career.

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David Uth TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2015 member David Uth

David Uth – Friend of the Program

Dr. David Uth is the current Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Orlando. From his first days in Orlando, Pastor David has embraced and loved The First Academy. Each year he prays with our graduating seniors and can always be seen attending multiple TFA Athletics events each year.

Two of Pastor David’s kids, Andrew and Hannah, are alumni of The First Academy. He has been an unrelenting supporter of TFA Athletics for 10 years.

Jennifer Lutrell Scott TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2016 member Jennifer Lutrell Scott

Jennifer Lutrell Scott – Class of 1997

Jennifer was a proud member of the Lady Royals Basketball team, which advanced to the Regional Final and laid the groundwork for the state championship teams to follow. Before graduating, she was the first athlete in school history to sign a division 1 scholarship as she went to Samford University to play Basketball.

Jennifer still holds the record for free throw percentage in her Basketball career at Samford University. During her time there, she received the Scholar Athlete award in 2000 and 2001. Jennifer graduated from Samford with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and went on to graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a doctorate in Physical Therapy.

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Ed and Wanda Gamble TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2016 members Ed and Wanda Gamble

Ed and Wanda Gamble – Friends of the Program

Ed became the second Head of School at The First Academy in 1992 and served in that role until 2003. All three of Ed’s children graduated from The First Academy. During his time at TFA he was remembered for his many stories and the great life lessons that came along with them.

In more than a decade as head of school, he enthusiastically directed the school’s growth both in stature and on the physical campus. Ed’s leadership saw The First Academy’s inaugural graduating class in 1994, TFA’s first merit scholar in 1996, the first division 1 athlete to sign a scholarship in 1997, the opening of The Classical School in 2000, and the construction and opening of The Payne Stewart Athletic Complex in 2000.

Dr. Larry Taylor TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2017 member Dr. Larry Taylor

Dr. Larry Taylor – Friend of the Program

During his 12 year tenure at The First Academy, Dr. Taylor served as Boys and Girls Basketball coach, Teacher, Athletic Director, Principal, and Assistant Head of School.

As a coach, Coach Taylor led the Girls Basketball program to the first State Championship game in school history finishing as Class 2A State Runner-Up in the 1994-1995. He also coached the first Boys team to advance to the Regional Final in School History in the 1993-1994 season.

In the early days of The First Academy, Dr. Taylor laid the vision and set the standard of excellence for TFA Athletics as a mission to use Sports as a platform for Jesus Christ. This vision has transformed time and remains a centerpiece of the Foundation of TFA Athletics today.

Roy Heintz TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2017 member Roy Heintz

Roy Heintz – Former Coach/Athletic Director

During his 4 year tenure at The First Academy, Roy served as Athletic Director and Girls Basketball Coach leading the Lady Royals to back to back Class 1A State Championships as well as compiling a 72-25 record.

Coach Heintz was a 2 time FACA District Coach of the Year and was elected by his peers to the FHSAA Basketball Advisory Committee during his time at TFA. During his time in Orlando, Roy also served as the Team Chaplin for the Orlando Magic for 8 years.

During Roy’s tenure as Athletic Director at The First Academy, he was responsible for 10 girls and 9 boys interscholastic sports including 35 total teams and 43 coaches. After leaving The First Academy, Coach Heintz was a collegiate coach for 16 years including stops at Florida State University, Covenant College, University of Alabama at Huntsville, and Stetson University.

Ansley Gebben TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2017 member Ansley Gebben

Ansley Gebben – Class of 2011

Ansley was a standout two-sport athlete during her time at The First Academy participating in both Track and Field and Girls Volleyball. On the track, she won 4 consecutive Class 1A 300 meter hurdle State Championships and still holds 7 school records. During her senior year, she was named an All-American track athlete and finished 5th in the nation in the 400m hurdles.

On the court, she led the Lady Royals Volleyball program to 3 consecutive Class 2A State Championships and was a 5 year Varsity athlete. During her senior year, she was named a Prep Volleyball All American while leading the team to a 29-3 record. She earned over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. As a Senior, Ansley was named Orange County Athlete of the Year, Orlando Sentinel Athlete of the Year, and won the Female Royal Athlete award.

After graduation, Ansley went onto play Volleyball and run Track at Liberty University. During her time at Liberty she racked up Big South titles, including back to back Volleyball Conference titles, the 2016 outdoor 800 meter dash, and the 2016 indoor and outdoor 4 by 400 meter relays. At the time of her graduation, Ansley owned 4 Liberty University School Records.

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1997-1998 Girls Basketball Team TFA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Class of 2017, 1997-1998 Girls Basketball Team

1997-1998 Girls Basketball Team

The 97-98 Girls Basketball team set the bar for Royals Athletics on and off the court. After winning the district championship, the Lady Royals defeated Merritt Island, Arlington Country Day, Aucilla, and Lakeland Evangel to make it to the State Championship game. They finished the year with a record of 28-7 and capped it off with a 48-45 victory over Malone in the State Championship game.

The following year, the Lady Royals repeated as State Champions by defeating Malone again making them back to back champions! Below are the members of the first team state championship in school history:

Chelsea Headley, Lauren Headley, Claire Houck, Missy Herrington Jones, Rebecca Peterson Kassler, Nikki Pounds Kearn, Laurie Wilson Monterosso, Michele Newman Moreman, Rebecca Keene Ray, Ansley Fletcher Schrimsher, Kelly Lutrell Stephenson, Audrey Martinet Walker, Jennifer Hollis Williams

Assistant Coaches: Brian Skellenger, Jimmy Knott

Head Coach: Roy Heintz

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