Women's Basketball Staff

Sarah Jansen

Sarah Jansen

Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach

Sarah Jansen enters her third season as the head women's basketball coach at Queens University of Charlotte in 2018-19.

In 2017-18, Queens had one player garner SAC All-Conference accolades and rank among the league leaders in points per game, rebounds per game and field goal percentage. 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 comitting 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.

Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith

Title: Assistant Coach

Tyler Smith enters her first season with Queens women's basketball in 2018-19.

Smith joins the Royals after spending two seasons at Kansas Wesleyan University. While there, she helped lead the Coyotes to 35 total wins and back-to-back appearances in the KCAC Tournament. Smith was responsible for the development of post players, overseeing team academic success, scouting opponents and recruiting.
While at Kansas Wesleyan Smith was also head coach of the JV team for two years, posting a 28-10 overall record. She also organized numerous community service and alumni events while also working as a camp coach during the summer.
Prior to her time at KWU, Smith played four years of collegiate basketball at NCAA Division I institution UNC Asheville. She appeared in 76 games for the Bulldogs and was a part of a team in 2015-16 that won both the Big South Regular Season Championship and the Big South Tournament Championship.
"I am extremely grateful and excited to join the women's basketball program and to be a part of such a great university," said Smith. "Queens is beautiful place and as soon as I stepped on campus I was impressed by the family atmosphere, thriving academic culture, and athletic success. I can't wait to get started."
Smith earned a Master of Business Administration from Kansas Wesleyan after graduating from UNC Asheville with a bachelor's degree in Business Management.