Women's Basketball Staff

Sarah Jansen

Sarah Jansen

Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach

Phone: (704) 337-2598

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Sarah Jansen is in her inagural season as the head women's basketball coach after most recently serving as the head coach at Mars Hill University.
 
Jansen was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Lions to the No. 4 seed in this year's South Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Championship. Though picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll, the Lions finished the 2016 regular season at 14-8 in league play to go along with a 15-13 overall mark. In just three years, Jansen increased the program's wins in conference by 350 percent leading the squad to back-to-back appearances in the SAC Championships after being absent from tournament play for five seasons. Additionally, Jansen's players have earned recognition at the conference, state, regional, and national levels for their individual efforts on the court. She has produced back-to-back Mars Hill Female Athlete of the Year recipients as well as a Division Ii Bulletin All-American, a Daktronics All-Region Selection and three NCCSIA All-State Selections.
 
Jansen's team excelled in the classroom as well getting recognized with the highest team GPA in the SAC for women's basketball in 2014, while also toting the 2013, 2014 and 2016 SAC Women's Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year. Additionally, she has seen a player sign a professional contract to play with the Italian Series A1 and Euro League Team.
 
Prior to leading the Lions, Jansen served as the assistant coach at Belmont Abbey College from 2007-2012. As the recruiting coordinator, Jansen brought in 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. With the Crusaders, Jansen was fully responsible for all recruiting efforts, took part in player development and was the scouting director. Additionally, Jansen was an assistant coach at Wofford College from 2004-2007 helping the Terriers bring in high caliber players there as well.
 
Jansen earned a degree from the University of South Carolina Upstate majoring in both psychology and criminal justice in 2004. She also holds a master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania in sports management.

Kristin Parunak

Kristin Parunak

Title: Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2815

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Parunak joins the program as the Royals assistant coach after previously working as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Newberry College women's basketball team.

Having previously worked together, both Jansen and Parunak coached the Mars Hill Lions in 2014, leading the program to its first South Atlantic Conference appearance in five seasons. During her time as the assistant coach with the Lions, Parunak helped to implement key training that developed the program both tactically and athletically.

Recently, Parunak served as the assistant coach of the Newberry Wolves during the 2015-16 season helping the team reach the semifinals of the SAC Championships. Furthering her understanding and technique for the game, Parunak helped continue the conference's best consecutive winning streak boosting the team to its 12th back-to-back winning season.

Parunak brings with her a wealth of knowledge having worked under several different coaching systems. She served as the assistant athletic director and assistant coach at Catawba Valley Community College in 2012. The following season, she worked at Christopher Newport University as an assistant coach with an active role in daily practice planning during the team's 2013 NCAA Elite 8 and 2014 Sweet 16 appearances.

Parunak was a player herself, serving as a starter at both Presbyterian College and Concord University. In addition to her starting roles, she earned the Big South Rookie of the Week while at Presbyterian and served as co-captain of her Concord team. Parunak earned a Bachelor of Art degree in psychology with a concentration on sports.

McKenzie Owen

McKenzie Owen

Title: Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2815

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Mckenzie Owen joins the Queens women's basketball staff in her inaugural season after previously serving as a sports information graduate assistant at King University while obtaining a Masters of Business Administration.

A former collegiate athlete, Owen was a four year member of the Belmont Abbey College women’s basketball team. Her dedication and hard work earned her the college’s Female Student Athlete of the Year award and the Conference Carolinas’ Player of the Year award during her four year tenure. She was also a two-time first-team all-conference selection and two-time all-region selection. Owen rounded out her playing career with an all-American honorable mentions nod.

While working on her master’s degree at King, Owen aided the sports information department helping with the school’s 25 different programs. Her responsibilities included working with social media, handling game statistics, and game day operations. While at the school, she put together press releases and game day graphics helping to boost the department’s presence in the community.

Owen holds an undergraduate degree from Belmont Abbey College in sport management with a minor in business management. While at King, she partnered her MBA with a concentration in marketing.