Julie Jenkins serves as Trinity Associate Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator, and Head Volleyball Coach.
Coach Jenkins will embark on her 35th campaign as head coach of the Trinity Tigers volleyball team during the 2019 season.
She 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 NCAA Division I Virginia Commonwealth University - Coach Jenkins has amassed an overall record of 935-414 (.693). Since taking the reins of Tiger volleyball in 1985, Coach Jenkins has chalked up a Trinity record of 906-393 (.697). She also has amassed a mark of 324-35 (.903) in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference competition since 1991. Coach Jenkins’ teams have won 30 or more matches in 17 seasons.
The 2018 Tiger team finished the season with a 25-7 overall record, along with a #17 ranking by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Trinity shared in the regular-season SCAC Championship with a 15-1 record and took third place at the conference tournament. The Tigers earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship, marking the 24th occasion Trinity competed in the postseason event. Senior Madeline McKay was elected to the AVCA All-America Third Team, while junior Katrina Lieberman made the Honorable Mention Team.
The 2017 season was a milestone year for Coach Jenkins. In September of that year, 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 mark.
A few weeks later, Coach Jenkins garnered her 900th career win. She is just one of seven coaches - in any NCAA Division - to achieve that milestone.
Trinity completed the 2017 season with a 28-7 overall record and advanced to the NCAA 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 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, including two in a row in 2013 and 2014.
Twenty-three Tiger student-athletes have been elected to AVCA All-America teams since 1991, and ten Trinity Tigers have been tabbed as the SCAC Player of the Year under Coach Jenkins’ leadership.
Amy Barrett Adams ‘97 will become the fourth Tiger volleyball player to be inducted into the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame, during a ceremony on October 5, 2019. Previous honorees are Amy Waddell Stewart ‘94, ‘97 (Class of 2007); and Desiree Pratt Gosselink ‘01, ‘02; and Ashley Farrimond ‘04 (Class of 2015).
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.