Julie Jenkins will mark her 34th season as head coach of Trinity Tigers volleyball during the 2018 campaign.
Coach Jenkins leads active NCAA Division III volleyball coaches in terms of victories and stands third among all-time Division III coaches.
In a 35-year coaching career - including a 1984 stint at Division I Virginia Commonwealth University - Coach Jenkins has amassed an overall record of 910-407 (.691). Since taking the reins of Tiger volleyball in 1985, Coach Jenkins has chalked up a Trinity record of 881-386 (.695). Coach Jenkins’ teams have won 30 or more matches in 17 seasons.
The 2017 season was a milestone year for Coach Jenkins. In September, Coach Jenkins captured her 300th Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) victory. She became the first conference coach - in any sport - to reach the 300-wins milestone. Coach Jenkins stands at 309-34 (.901) in SCAC competition since 1991. A few weeks later, Coach Jenkins garnered her 900th career win. She is just one of seven coaches - in any NCAA Division - to achieve the milestone.
Trinity completed the season with a 28-7 overall record and advanced to its 23rd NCAA Division III Tournament. After finishing as runner-up in the SCAC Tournament to top-ranked Colorado College, the Tigers received an at-large bid to the NCAA postseason event. During the course of the season, Trinity was ranked as high as fourth in the nation by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Poll.
The 2016 Tiger team captured the program’s 18th SCAC Championship and earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA event. The Tigers completed the campaign with a 27-8 record and a #16 ranking by the AVCA. Coach Jenkins was elected by her peers as the SCAC Co-Coach of the Year, marking the 13th time she garnered the league’s top accolade.
She was voted the AVCA Division III Coach of the Year in 1999, after leading the Tigers to the NCAA Championship match. Coach Jenkins has also been selected as the AVCA South Region Coach of the Year seven times.
In addition to advancing to the NCAA Championship, the Tigers earned a #3 ranking in 2002 and have made five trips to the quarterfinals, including 2009. Trinity has advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 on 12 occasions.
Twenty-two Tiger student-athletes have been selected to volleyball All-America teams since 1991. Amy Waddell Stewart ‘94, ‘97 became Trinity’s first female Division III All-American in 1991 and 1992. Stewart was inducted into the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Desiree Pratt Gosselink ‘01, ‘02, and Ashley Farrimond ‘04 were inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Ten Trinity Tigers have been elected the SCAC Player of the Year under Coach Jenkins’ leadership.
A native of Owego, New York, Coach Jenkins earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from the College of William and Mary (VA) in 1981. A gifted student-athlete, Coach Jenkins competed in volleyball and tennis while playing for the Tribe, a Division I program. She received a Master of Science degree in education from James Madison (VA) University.
Coach Jenkins also serves as the Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator. Additionally, Coach Jenkins teaches a variety of physical education classes.