Sarah Jansen enters her fourth season as the head women's basketball coach at Queens University of Charlotte in 2019-20.
The 2018-19 season was another of marked improvement for the Royals as the team achieved its highest win total in six years. Lade Adepoju once was a SAC All-Conference honoree for the second straight season and freshman Jaleah Goff gained SAC All-Freshman honors.
Queens was one of the top defensive teams in NCAA Division II, ranking among the Top 25 with 20.54 forced turnovers per game and more than 10 steals per contest.
In 2017-18, Queens saw Lade Adepoju garner SAC All-Conference accolades and rank among the league leaders in points per game, rebounds per game and field goal percentage. Additionally, Kristian Eanes earned a spot on the SAC All-Freshman team.
As a team, the Royals improved their scoring average by more than seven points per game and decreased their scoring margin, while also increasing their rebounding average and committing fewer turnovers per game.
In her inaugural season, Jansen led the Royals to an appearance in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament for the first time in program history.
Jansen joined Queens after a four-year stint as the head coach at Mars Hill University (2012-16), where in her final season Jansen was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. In 2015-2016, Jansen led the Lions to a 14-8 record in league play and the No. 4 seed in the SAC postseason tournament, despite an eighth-place preseason ranking. The success afforded Mars Hill the opportunity to host a conference tournament game for the first time since 2006.
In each year of her tenure at Mars Hill Jansen increased the program's win total while also improving the program’s win total in conference games by 350 percent, and leading the squad to back-to-back appearances in the SAC championships after an absence from tournament play that spanned five seasons.
Jansen's players have garnered recognition at the conference, state, regional, and national levels for their individual efforts on the court. While at Mars Hill, she produced back-to-back Female Athlete of the Year recipients as well as a Division II Bulletin All-American, a Daktronics All-Region Selection, a North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State selection and two SAC First Team All-Conference selections. Jansen also guided a player to signing a professional contract to play with the Italian Series A1 and Euro League Team.
Jansen's teams have also excelled in the classroom. In 2016-2017 at Queens, the women’s basketball team featured an Academic All-American and class valedictorian. In her five total seasons as a head coach, Jansen’s teams have been recognized for the highest team GPA in the SAC for women's basketball (2014), while also featuring the SAC Women's Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2014, 2016 and 2017; the 2016 SAC Presidents Award recipient and two Capital One Academic All-District III Selections.
Prior to coaching the Lions, Jansen served as an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey College from 2007-2012. Jansen helped deliver two McDonalds All-American nominees, three North Carolina All-State players, and a 2015 NCAA DII All-American and Conference Carolinas Player of the Year to the program. Jansen started her career at Wofford College where she served as an assistant coach from 2004-2007.
As a player at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Jansen was team captain for three seasons while also posting notable career numbers. She ranks top-10 in career three-point field goals made, three-point field goal percentage, assists and minutes played in Spartan history.
Jansen graduated from USC-Upstate in 2004 with degrees in psychology and criminal justice. She also holds a master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania in sport management.
Chelsea Faulhaber begins her first season as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team in 2018-19.
Faulhaber joins the Royals after spending a season on staff at Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Missouri. She helped guide the Greyhounds to perfect 29-0 regular season record, a No. 4 national ranking and a third-seed in the NJCAA Region XVI Tournament.
She began her collegiate playing career at NCAA Division I Jacksonville University before transferring to Johnson C. Smith University to finish her final three years of eligibility. Faulhaber appeared in 63 career games as a center, totaling 237 points, 168 rebounds and 55 blocks along the way.
A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she graduated from Spartanburg High School, Faulhaber was named All-State as she averaged 15.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game her senior year. She was the Region III-4A Player of the Year and was selected to both the North-South and Spartanburg vs. Greenville FCA All-Star Games.
Faulhaber earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management from Johnson C. Smith and currently resides in Charlotte.
Konner Beste begins his first season as an Assistant Women's Basketball Coach for 2019-2020.
Beste comes to the Queen City after spending four seasons as both the men’s and women’s basketball student manager at South Dakota State University.
As a member of the Jackrabbits’ staff, Beste was responsible for the team’s film exchange using Synergy and assisted the Director of Operations with practice and travel schedules as well as organizing alumni events for the basketball programs. He also served one season as the student manager for the women’s basketball team at the University of Nebraska.
No stranger to Charlotte, Beste previously served as an Operations and Marketing Intern for the Jay Bilas Skills Camp which is held every summer inside the Levine Center.
Beste is a 2019 graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a focus on Business, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities