Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics
625 7th Avenue NE Hickory, NC 28603
Division 2 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small National competitor

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Shena Hollar

Shena Hollar is entering her eighth year as Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and 15th as Senior Woman Administrator at Lenoir-Rhyne University.


In her 20 years at Lenoir-Rhyne, Coach Hollar has never won less than 28 games or had a winning percentage under 60%. Coach Hollar has 11 seasons of 40 or more wins and won her 800th career game at LR on March 13, 2019. Her all-time winning percentage as LR’s Head Coach is .750 and she has led us to 12 regular season SAC Championships, including three straight. Prior to her arrival, the Bears didn’t own a single regular season title but she accomplished that feat in her very first season. Her 257 SAC wins and 832 overall wins rank second in SAC history and she has been named the league’s Coach of the Year on seven different occasions. Her players have earned eight SAC Pitcher of the Year awards, four SAC Player of the Year honors and six have gone on to become All-Americans. Heading into the season, Coach Hollar ranked 23rd in Division II in all-time coaching wins and 16th all-time in winning percentage. Among active coaches, she is tenth in both wins and winning percentage.


Under Hollar, Lenoir-Rhyne has won 12 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championships (2000, 2004, 2006-08, 2010-12, 2014, 2016-18) and eight SAC Tournament Titles (2000-02, 2007, 2010-13).


The Bears have also earned 13 trips to the NCAA Division II Playoffs (2002, 2006-14, 2016-18) including a pair of trips to the NCAA Division II Southeast Super Regional Tournament in 2010-11.


Hollar has also coached six Bears to All-American honors (Erin Boone, Sarah Kenley, Kat Rivers, Sarah Atkins, Meredith O’Connor and Casey Hanes) and one Academic All-American (Traci Hyman). Hollar has also been named league coach of the year on seven occasions and coached four Lenoir-Rhyne Sports Hall-of-Famers: Hyman, Brandi Mueller, Meredith O'Connor and Taylor Pugh.


Prior to Lenoir-Rhyne, Hollar coached two years at Newberry (1998-99) while compiling a 45-61 mark and earning a share of the 1999 SAC Regular Season Crown.


Entering 2019, Hollar’s career collegiate record as a head coach is 832-322-2. Hollar was named to the Alexander County Sports Hall Of Fame in 2015 as well.


In her role as Associate AD, Hollar oversees the sports of women’s and men’s soccer and also serves as Chair of Lenoir-Rhyne Sports Hall Of Fame Committee.


Hollar received her undergraduate degree from Wingate University in 1996 and master’s degree from Morehead State University in 1997. Hollar and her husband, David, reside in Taylorsville, N.C.

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Sarah Hansley

Sarah Hansley enters her second season on the Lenoir-Rhyne coaching staff and her first as an Assistant Coach. Hansley previously served as the Graduate Assistant in 2018 after a tremendous playing career with the Bears.


Hansley played from 2013-17 with the Bears and was part of three SAC Regular Season Championship teams. Her squads advanced to NCAA Division II Regional Qualifiers in 2014, 2016 and 2017.


In 2017, Hansley was named SAC Player of the Year after hitting .429 with 12 homeruns and 55 runs batted in. Hansley belted 21 doubles, scored 43 runs and had a .753 slugging percentage. On top of her Player of the Year accolade, Hansley was also named First Team All-Conference, First Team All-State and the CCA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Player of the Year. Additionally, she was named a National Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-American.


Not only a standout on the field, Hansley won the Wayne B. Powell Student-Athlete Award of Excellence in 2017.


Sarah graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Human and Community Service and is from Charlotte, N.C.

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