Elijah DentonHead Coach
Office Phone: 704-463-3250
Elijah Denton enters his fourth year as the head women’s soccer coach at Pfeiffer in 2013. Denton guided the Lady Falcons to the Conference Carolinas Championship game last year and led Pfeiffer to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010.
The Falcons have finished no lower than fifth in conference play over Denton’s first three seasons, including a second-place tie in 2010. Denton, who served as the Falcons assistant coach from 2007-10, owns a 32-23-6 overall record and a sparkling 22-8-5 record in the conference. He has placed four players on the All-Conference First Team and coached two players to Second Team honors. Last season, Denton guided Aaliyah Jackson to the Freshman of the Year award.
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, Pfeiffer’s volunteer assistant coach and Director of Student Life and Ministries, reside in Misenheimer with their sons Andrew and Dax, and daughter Kyla.
Robyn JonesAssistant Coach
Robyn Jones enters her first 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 her collegiate coaching, Robyn also worked as a Performance Coach at the Source Institute for Human Performance from 2010 to 2011 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.
Sarah DentonVolunteer Assistant
Prior to her return to Pfeiffer, Sarah was the assistant coach at UNC Charlotte from 2009-2011. During her two seasons there, the 49ers posted a 32-8-2 record, making it to the A10 tournament finals both years. In 2009, the 49ers finished in 2nd place of the conference, and in 2010, finished in 1st place, sharing the A10 title with rivals, Dayton.
Sarah was the head coach at Pfeiffer from 2006-08. She guided Pfeiffer to a 40-21-4 during her three-year tenure. In 2008, she led Pfeiffer to a Conference Carolinas' Tournament Championship and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. She was named Conference Carolinas' Coach of the Year after guiding Pfeiffer to 10 wins in 2007.
She has also been a member of the Region III ODP coaching staff as well as an assistant coach for the '93 and '95 Girls North Carolina ODP team since 2006.
She was also a member of the 49ers coaching staff during the 2005 season as an assistant coach at Charlotte. In 2005, the 49ers won 11 games and reached the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Denton was a member of the FC Carolina Alliance Coaching staff from 2002-07. In 2009, she returned to FCCA Coaching Staff as the technical director for the female teams.
She spent three years as a special education teacher at Kannapolis, North Carolina's A.L. Brown High School. From 2001-04, she coached the men's and women's varsity soccer teams at A.L. Brown.
She was a four-year letterwinner at Charlotte from 1996-2000. Denton earned second-team All-Conference USA honors as a senior in 2000. She was a two-time team captain. She played an integral role in helping the 49ers capture the 1998 Conference USA Tournament championship and earn the program's first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. In 1998, with Denton in the starting lineup, the 49ers defeated South Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the program's first tournament win.
Denton excelled in the classroom as well. As a senior, she received the athletic department's highest honor, The Bonnie Cone Award for Academic Excellence. She graduated from Charlotte in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Special Education. She earned a Master of Education in Special Education from Charlotte in 2006.
Denton is married to Elijah Denton, who is head women's soccer coach at Pfeiffer University. She has a stepson named Andrew, a daughter named Kyla, and a son named Dax and serves as Pfeiffer's Director of Student Life and Ministries.