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Sarah Jansen

Sarah Jansen

  Head Coach
  E-mail: [email protected]
  Office Phone: 828-689-1229

Sarah Jansen was named as the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Mars Hill College on June 19, 2012.

Jansen came to MHC from Belmont Abbey College where she served as the Crusaders’ top assistant for five seasons. Jansen's responsibilities Belmont Abbey included coordinating all aspects of recruiting, monitored academic progress, managed film exchange and opponent research systems and supervised the weight training and conditioning programs.

Prior to her stint at Belmont Abbey, Jansen spent three seasons at Wofford College where the team increased their win total each year. Her primary responsibilities included working with the perimeter players and serving as the film exchange coordinator. The 2005-06 terriers ranked no. 1 nationally in steals per game. In the summer of 2005, Jansen coordinated and served as camp director for the first-ever Edgar I. Farmer Basketball Camp and Team Jamboree.
Jansen was a standout student-athlete at USC Upstate, serving as the team captain for three years (2001-02 through 20 03-04). While playing for the Rifles (now Spartans), she became the second player in school history to lead the team in assists for three consecutive campaigns. She also ranks in the school’s top 10 career lists for assists (295/fifth), 3-point field goals made (74/fifth) and assists per game (2.92/eighth). She also served as the women’s basketball team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the athletic department’s participant in the USC Upstate Leadership Advancement Program.

While at USC Upstate, Jansen earned two bachelor’s degrees. She garnered her first, a bachelor of arts in Psychology, in May 2004 and then a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice in August 2004. Jansen completed her master’s degree in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

At Gar-Field High, she was the starting point guard on the 1998 3-A Virginia state championship team.

Bryan Bagwell

Bryan Bagwell

  Assistant Coach
  E-mail: [email protected]
  Office Phone: 828-689-1169

Bryan Bagwell joined the Mars Hill College Women’s Basketball program in July of 2012 following a successful four-year stint as an assistant coach at Mount Olive College.

Head coach Sarah Jansen stated, “Bryan’s tireless work ethic along with his passion for helping players reach their potential makes him a great fit for Mars Hill and our women’s basketball program.”

In his four years at Mount Olive, he helped lead the Trojans to a 79-36 (.687) record, three Conference Carolinas regular season second place finishes (2009, 2011, 2012), and two Conference Carolinas Tournament runner-up finishes (2009, 2011).

While at Mount Olive, Bagwell was the recruiting coordinator and was responsible for skill development for both guards and post players. Bagwell coached two second-team All-Region selections (2009, 2011), the Conference Carolinas’ Player of the Year (2010-2011), and seven all-conference selections.

Bagwell also helped manage the team’s academic success at Mount Olive. One such student-athlete was a two-time CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District First Team (2010, 2011) and graduated Summa Cum Laude garnering the highest academic average at Mount Olive College in 2011.

Prior to Mount Olive, Bagwell served as assistant men's high school coach at Western Guilford High School (2003-2004) and assistant girl’s high school coach at North Johnston High School (2004-2008).

Bagwell is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). 

 A native of Raleigh, N.C., Bagwell graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in History.