Sharif Saber was named head coach of the program on Dec. 9. He succeeds Tyson John as the sixth head coach in the program’s history. Saber joins the Spartans after four seasons as head coach at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina, where he led the program to two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, two Conference Carolinas regular season championships, and two Conference Carolinas Tournament Championships. In 2017, Saber served as an assistant at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He helped guide the program to a NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance. Prior to Kutztown, Saber led the creation of the women’s program at Penn State Brandywine, serving as head coach in 2015 and 2016. He was an assistant at Immaculata University in Malvern, Pennsylvania, in 2014. Before joining the collegiate ranks, Saber was the varsity coach at Kutztown High School and coached for North Carolina Football Club, Penn Fusion Soccer Academy, and Boyertown Area Soccer Club. Saber boasts a .747 career winning percentage as a coach. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Education in social studies from Kutztown Universit
The Spartans recorded 10 conference victories during the 2021 season, which was a record for the program during the NCAA Division 1 era. Senior libero Mackenzie Marcum joined the program’s 1,000-Dig Club and finished her career at No. 15 on the program’s all-time dig list. Kelly Wiedemann, a senior outside hitter, was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team for the 2021-22 academic year, a first for the program since the start of the D1 era.
Junior forward Mario Arrocha earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team for the 2021-22 academic year. Arrocha is the fifth player in the history of the program to garner the award since the start of the NCAA Division I era. On the field, he was a First Team All-Big South selection after leading the Spartans in scoring in 2021 with seven goals and adding four assists. Arrocha ranked fourth in the Big South in total goals and total points while tying for the league lead in penalty kick conversion, converting all three of his attempts. He also became the first player in program history to win multiple Big South weekly awards after claiming a pair of Big South Offensive Player of the Week nods during the 2021 season.
Guard Rachael Rose became the first Spartan in program history to earn multiple conference weekly awards since USC Upstate joined the Big South. Rose received two Freshman of the Week awards at the start of the 2021-22 season.
Cross Country and Track & Field
The Spartans opened the 2021-22 indoor season with two school-record performances, an event victory, 16 program top-10 performances, and 26 student-athlete personal bests at the Visit Winston-Salem College Kickoff. In the 600m races, the Spartans saw school-best performances in both the women’s and men's races as Arianna Krcik and Andrew Aun ran record times. Tony Auguste placed first in the men’s weight throw. The men’s cross country team finished 23rd overall at the 2021 NCAA Southeast Regional in November. It was the third-best finish in the program’s history.
Sophomore Preaw Nontarux was named to the All-Tournament Team and finished runner-up at the French Broad Collegiate Invite. Nontarux earned All-Tournament honors in all five of the tournaments the team competed in this fall.