San Antonio - Trinity volleyball Head Coach Julie Jenkins made Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference history Saturday in Georgetown, Texas.
After the fifth-ranked Tigers defeated Texas Lutheran University 3-1 at the SCAC Divisional at Southwestern University, Coach Jenkins became the first coach - in any sport - to claim 300 conference victories. She was presented a commemorative ball by SCAC Commissioner Dwayne Hanberry, who came in from the conference office in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.
"I was completely flattered that our commissioner would take the time to come all the way here to present that ball to me," Coach Jenkins said. "Honestly, this is our players' award. I've had so many good players over the years who have made a commitment to give it their best every conference match."
Later in the day, Trinity swept the tournament with a 3-0 win over Schreiner (TX) University. The Tigers began the two-day Divisional Friday with a 3-1 decision over the host and second-ranked Southwestern. Trinity is on an eight-match win streak, and stands at 13-2 on the season. The Tigers now have six victories over nationally ranked teams.
With the three victories In Georgetown, Coach Jenkins has amassed a SCAC record of 301-31 (.907) since 1991, the year women's teams began competition in the conference. She is in her 33rd season at the Tigers' helm, and is sporting a record of 867-380 (.695), beginning with the 1985 campaign. Included in her career record is the 1984 season she headed the volleyball program at Virginia Commonwealth University, bringing the career mark to 896-401 (.691).
Over the years, Trinity has won 18 conference championships, including the 2016 title. The Tigers won the SCAC Championship trophy for 11 consecutive seasons, from 1998 to 2008.
"I'm excited about this team and our coaching staff, Aly Lilley and Brad Bulycz," Coach Jenkins said about the 2017 edition of Tiger volleyball. "It's a team effort. We are happy that we are off to a strong start, and we are motivated to keep working harder. Our conference has always been very strong. Anybody can beat anybody on a given weekend, and I'm proud of our players for playing well under pressure."
Three other Trinity coaches are listed on the conference wins list: second place, Tim Scannell, baseball (261 victories); fourth place, Paul McGinlay, men's soccer (218); and Pat Cunningham, men's basketball (188).