Chowan University

Chowan University Athletics
One University Place Murfreesboro, NC 27855
Division 2 North Carolina Southeast
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Fernando Zuniga

Fernando Zuniga enters his fifth season with the Chowan women's soccer team and third as head coach.

In the 2019 season, Chowan finished with a 4-8-3 overall record and a 4-4-3 mark in the Conference Carolinas. Chowan battled with five regionally ranked opponents (Lincoln Memorial, Limestone, UNC Pembroke, Wingate, and Mount Olive). The Hawks wrapped up the regular season with a 4-1-1 record allowing three goals and four shutouts including a scoreless draw against unbeaten Mount Olive on the road. Carolina Lucci was named Conference Carolinas First Team and USCA All-Region. Asia Fort and Sierra Gonzalez were named Conference Carolinas Third Team.

During his first season as head coach, Chowan finished with a 9-7-1 overall record and a 7-3-1 mark in the Conference Carolinas. The Hawks would make their second straight trip to the Conference Carolinas semifinals, falling to #20 Limestone 1-0. Chowan would pick up their first-ever win against Belmont Abbey on the road, defeating the Crusaders 2-1 in double overtime. Carolina Lucci and Sabrina Henderson produced Conference Carolinas First Team All-Conference selections. Sydney Henderson and Asia Fort picked up Conference Carolinas Third Team honors. Carolina Lucci and Sabrina Henderson earned D2CCA Second Team All-Region honors. Lucci would also be named to the NCCSIA All-State team. Susan Balladares, Olivia Borer, Jaime Calcagno, Asia Fort, Rebekah Langley and Samantha Xiques would be named to the Conference Carolinas Academic All-Conference list.

Zuniga noted, “Chowan University is a place of strong values and an amazing feel of family and community. Those were some of the reasons I decided to attend Chowan as an undergraduate student, and now, as a coach I believe it is a great place to continue my coaching career. I’m excited about the opportunity to become part of a program with such a rich history and to work alongside a coach with a vast amount of experience. I’m really looking forward to working with an amazing group of student-athletes and helping them to become successful on and off the field”.

Zuniga competed for the Chowan men's soccer program for four seasons. He made 58 starts for the Chowan Blue and White, was named captain as a junior, and played an integral role in the team's school-record 12-8 season in 2014. The Hawks competed in the NCCAA South Region semi-final that same season. In the spring of his senior year, Zuniga served as a student assistant with the men's soccer program. He assisted with the planning of field training and strength and conditioning sessions. Additionally, he volunteered as part of the Hawks Soccer Academy.

Upon graduation, Zuniga gained coaching experience working with the Hawks Soccer Academy and serving as Head Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer Coach at Ridgecroft School. Zuniga managed all aspects of the varsity and junior varsity girls' and boys' soccer programs including training sessions, skill development, and teaching tactical and technical facets of the game.

He graduated from Chowan in 2015 with a degree in Business Administration and received his masters from Chowan in 2019. During his time at Chowan, Zuniga was an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and was named to the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, and the President’s List. He was also a Leadership Scholar. Zuniga resides in Murfreesboro.

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Sarah Ghaffoor

Sarah Ghaffoor enters her third season with the Chowan Women's Soccer program as an assistant coach.

During the 2019 season, Ghaffoor helped produce three Conference Carolinas All-Conference selections and an USCA All-Region selection.

Ghaffoor returns to her alma mater after spending a season as the Assistant Coach at Mercer County CC. She also helped as a Business Development Associate and Soccer coach at The Field Sports Complex and West Windsor and Plainsboro Soccer Association.

During her time at Chowan, Sarah played in 30 matches during her two year career for the Hawks. She scored one goal and was a team captain. Off the pitch, Sarah was a member of Alpha Chi, Phi Epsilon Kappa, and Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Societies. Ghaffoor was selected for the Division II Academic Achievement Award in 2016 and made the Chowan President’s List.

Prior to the Blue and White, Ghaffoor played at Mercer County CC where she was named to the Garden State Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and NJCAA Region XIX All-Academic Team.

Ghaffoor graduated from Chowan in 2017 with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. Sarah also received an Associate’s degree from Mercer County CC in Exercise Science.

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