Elijah DentonHead Coach
Office Phone: 704-463-3250
Elijah Denton enters his fifth year as the head women’s soccer coach at Pfeiffer in 2014. Denton guided the Falcons to a Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2013, the second time he has led Pfeiffer to the NCAA’s. Denton has reached the double-digit win mark in four of his first five years at the helm.
The Falcons have finished no lower than fifth in conference play over Denton’s first four seasons, including a second-place tie in 2010. Denton, who served as the Falcons assistant coach from 2007-10, owns a 45-30-7 overall record and a sparkling 28-11-5 record in the conference. Last season, Denton coached three players to the All-Region team and has coached back-to-back Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year.
Prior to his time at Pfeiffer, Denton was the men’s and women’s varsity soccer coach at Covenant Classical School and also began the school’s baseball program. Denton has also coached for FC Carolina Alliance for five years and has worked with NC Olympic Development.
Denton graduated from UNC Greensboro in 2001 with a degree in Applied Mathematics. He and his wife Sarah, reside in Greensboro with their sons Andrew and Dax, and daughter Kyla.
Sarah Ann WaughAssistant Coach
Office Phone: 704-463-3250
Sarah Ann Waugh enters her first season at Pfeiffer.
Waugh comes to Misenheimer after a very successful Division I playing career at UNC Charlotte. Waugh was a four year member of the Charlotte women’s soccer team and was named a captain her final two seasons. In 2012, Waugh was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Academic Team and anchored a defensive unit that posted a 1.05 goals-against average. For her career with the 49ers, Waugh played in 68 career matches, starting 50 times. In the summer of 2012, Waugh was a member of the Charlotte Lady Eagles professional team.
Waugh is CSCS and HFS Certified and had an internship at Queens University with the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach where she worked with Queens athletics and members of Team Elite SwimMac.
Additionally, Waugh has spent 2010-2014 volunteering with the FCCA soccer club and was an assistant coach for the U-13 girls Charlotte Soccer Academy.
Sarah Ann graduated from UNC Charlotte in May 2014 with a B.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning.
Kirsty MontignaniGraduate Assistant
Kirsty Montignani enters her first season at Pfeiffer University.
Montignani is a 2013 graduate of Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT where she earned a degree in Exercise Science with minors in psychology and coaching. While at Rocky Mountain, she was a four time Academic All-Conference selection and also made the First Team All-Conference each of her four seasons. Kirsty was named the Frontier Conference MVP along with earning an NAIA National Player of the Week award. During her career, Montignani broke the school record for goals in a season (21), career goals (49) and career points (114) and won the NAIA Champion of Character Award (2014) as well as being named an NAIA All-American.
Previously, she worked at Maine Maritime Academy as an Assistant Women’s Soccer coach and was a volunteer Strength and conditioning coach.
Montignani captained the Seacoast United Mariners of the semiprofessional WPSL league for two seasons. She was also a youth soccer coach for Seacoast United Blackbear while playing for the Mariners.
In 2011, she played in the top flight Scottish Women’s soccer league with the Hibernian Ladies and won the Scottish Cup and League Cup.
Robyn HornerAssistant Coach
Office Phone: 704-463-3227
Robyn Horner enters her second year at Pfeiffer as the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach following a successful second season as the Charlotte Lady Eagles starting Goalkeeper.
Robyn began her soccer coaching career in 2007 as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for Franklin & Marshall University in Lancaster, PA. Upon her graduation from Franklin & Marshall University in 2008, she served for two years as the Head Goalkeeper Trainer for the Next Level Soccer Academy in Pennington, NJ.
In August of 2009 Robyn took her soccer expertise to the collegiate stage, serving as an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach/Goalkeeper Coach for The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. During Robyn’s three seasons as Assistant Coach at TCNJ the team made three straight Division III NCAA Tournament appearances, once to the Sweet 16 and once to the Final Four. During those same three seasons, TCNJ won the New Jersey Athletic Conference each year and had three separate goalkeepers each boast a GAA of less than .50 and at least 10 shutouts.
In addition to collegiate coach, Robyn coached youth soccer CSA-North Club in Charlotte and was the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team at Southlake Christian Academy in 2013. Robyn has also served as a Goalkeeper Trainer for North Carolina ODP since 2011.
Along with her coaching career Robyn has enjoyed extensive collegiate, semi-pro, and professional playing careers. Robyn played her first two collegiate years of women’s soccer for Rutgers University where she started nearly every game and holds five current goalkeeping records. As a freshman at Rutgers in 2003, Robyn was named Rutgers Rookie of the Year, Soccerbuzz All-Region Co-Freshmen Goalkeeper of the Year, Soccerbuzz Mid-Atlantic All-Region Freshmen 1st Team, and MVP of the Notre Dame Classic.
Robyn completed her collegiate playing career at Franklin & Marshall University where she was named a team captain in 2006. While at Franklin & Marshall Robyn was also awarded the Franklin and Marshall College Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2008. Following college Robyn went on to play semi-pro soccer in the W-League for the New Jersey Wildcats. Robyn played with the Wildcats from 2007 to 2009, served as a team captain during her tenure, and was named Eastern Conference Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2007 season.
Robyn moved from New Jersey to Charlotte, NC in the fall of 2011 and in the spring of 2012 she travelled to Japan with the Sky Blue FC (formerly of the WPS and now a member of the NWSL) as a goalkeeper and saw minutes in her first-ever international contest. Following her return to the states, Robyn found a home as the starting goalkeeper with the Charlotte Lady Eagles of the W-League.
Robyn was born in Roseburg, Oregon and is a native of Titusville, New Jersey where she attended The Pennington School.