Sarah Pelster
Sarah Pelster
Title: Associate AD/Compliance Officer
Phone: 540.545.7366
Previous College: Missouri Western '81
Year at SU: 16th
Master's Degree: Eastern Kentucky '82

Sarah Pelster is in her 16th year at Shenandoah and her ninth as Associate Athletics Director for Administrative Services.

Pelster was promoted to the position in the spring of 2010 after seven seasons coaching the Hornets volleyball program.

She finished her collegiate coaching career with a 469-507-3 record in stints at Northwest Missouri State, Pittsburg (Kan.) State, William Woods and Shenandoah universities. At NWMS, Pelster became the winningest coach in school history while also seeing her team earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Academic Award in six of eight years. To receive that award, the cumulative team GPA must be at least 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

In 2004, Pelster led SU to a 17-18 overall record and a fifth place finish in the USA South Conference. Shenandoah had a fourth place finish at the PSU-Behrend Tournament and had two players (senior Hannah Williams and freshman Christina Greene) earn All-USA South honors. The two honorees gave the program a tie for the most ever in one season in program history.

Following the season, Williams was honored as a ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III pick and earned the Coca-Cola Community All-American. Additionally, the team achieved a program first when they were honored with the AVCA Academic Award.

From 2004 to 2018, Pelster served as the department's Senior Woman's Administrator. She was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director in August 2006 and to Associate AD in April 2010. In those latter two roles, Pelster serves on the senior departmental administrative staff and is the primary point person for the Title IX issues.

Pelster, who has served on regional volleyball committees in both the NCAA and the NAIA, is also the Compliance Officer at SU.