1999 Tachikara/AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year


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1999 AVCA Division III Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year


Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), in conjunction with Tachikara, is proud to announce that Julie Jenkins of Trinity University has been selected as the 1999 Tachikara/AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year.

 Jenkins led the Trinity University Tigers women's volleyball team to its most successful season in school history, which included a berth in the NCAA Division III national championship match.  The Tigers (38-3),who set a school record for victories in a season, advanced to the title match in Huntingdon, Pa., and lost to Central (Iowa) College, 15-9, 16-14, 15-7.

 Jenkins just finished her 15th year at the helm of the Tiger women's volleyball program, making it to the NCAA championship match for the first time.  The third-ranked Tigers, in their eighth straight NCAA tournament appearance, defeated No. 5 Muskingum (Ohio) College, 16-14, 15-11, 15-10, in the semifinals.  The Tigers beat Ithaca (N.Y.) College, 15-13, 15-7, 15-11 in the quarterfinals.  Also in 1999, Jenkins led Trinity to its first-ever South Region crown, with a 15-10, 15-6, 15-2 victory over the Savannah College of Art and Design.  The Tigers also captured their sixth Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title with an unblemished 12-0 record and went 10-3 against nationally ranked teams.

 The Tigers achieved their highest-ever regular-season ranking, finishing the season in the No. 3 spot in the AVCA Division III Coaches Top 20.  The year also marked the first time Trinity has ever been the top-ranked team in the South Region.  The Tigers were ranked in the top six all season and defeated ranked opponents such as Washington (Mo.), Emory, College of St. Benedict, Cal State Hayward (twice), UW-Whitewater, Ithaca and Muskingum.

 In addition to earning Tachikara/AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year honors following a very successful 1999 campaign, Jenkins also was selected as the Tachikara/AVCA South Region Coach of the Year and was honored as the SCAC Coach of the Year for the sixth time.  Jenkins was named the SCAC Coach of the Year following the 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1998 seasons.

Since  1992, the Tiger volleyball team has posted an impressive 247-65 (.792) overall record.  Under Jenkins' guidance, Trinity has advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Division III tournament six times and she has coached eight AVCA All-Americans and produced the SCAC Player of the Year eight out of the last nine seasons.

Prior to coming to Trinity, Jenkins served as the interim head women's volleybal coach at NCAA Division I Virginia Commonwealth University and led the Rams to their first-ever Sun Belt Conference championship in 1984.

Jenkins earned her bachelor of arts degree in physical education from the College of William and Mary in 1981.  She also holds a master of science degree in education from James Madison University.  In addition to her coaching duties at Trinity, Jenkins also serves as the assistant director of athletics.

Tachikara will formally present the National Coach of the Year awards on Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year banquet.  The brunch, which will began at 9 a.m. at the Hawaiian Regent, is held in conjunction with the 1999 AVCA National Convention.

Julie Jenkins receiving her award from Roger Revelle, Senior Vice President of Tachikara USA

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