|Hometown:||Palo Alto, Calif.|
|College:||UC Davis, '86|
After spending two years as an assistant coach and recruiting
coordinator at Kansas, George Jenkins begins his third season as an
assistant at Sacramento State in 2013-14.
Jenkins, who has 27 years of coaching experience, will lead the Hornet novice squad again this year while assisting with the varsity squad and all aspects of recruiting. That includes overseeing the team’s on-campus recruiting. In addition, Jenkins is the team videographer and handles the squad’s social media efforts.
Jenkins and head coach Mike Connors were instrumental in Sacramento State rowing being admitted into Conference USA for the 2013-14 season. For the first time in school history, the Hornets will now be eligible for an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Championships. Previously, Sacramento State has been a member of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) since gaining intercollegiate status in 1995, and the WIRA Championship have doubled as the program’s conference championship event. However, WIRA is not recognized by the NCAA as a conference, and did not garner any kind of automatic qualifier into NCAA postseason competition.
Last season (2012-13), Jenkins helped bring in 28 freshmen, the largest recruiting class in school history. The novice eight squad finished with a 6-5 dual-meet record while the second novice eight took home a gold at the WIRA Championships.
In 2011-12, Jenkins worked with both the varsity and novice squads. He helped coach the team’s varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four to medals at the WIRA Championships for the second time in school history. In addition, five Sacramento State rowers received all-conference accolades, three of which were first team selections.
On his résumé includes five consecutive NCAA Championship appearances while he was head coach at USC, and a national championship-winning varsity four at the 1998 NCAA Championship.
A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Jenkins was an assistant at Kansas (2009-11) and UC Davis (2008-09), while also serving as head coach of the Austin Rowing Club (2002-08) and USC (1993-02). Prior to USC, he had other collegiate stops as the varsity men’s coach at UC Davis (1991-93) and varsity women’s coach at UC Davis (1990-91).
He was also a U.S. Nations Cup Team coach in Milan, Italy, in the summer of 1997, and a U.S. Junior National Team coach in Oslo, Norway, during the summer of 1993.
Other coaching stops included serving as the executive director of the Newport Aquatic Center from 1987-90, and a coach at the U.S. Olympic Festival in the summers of 1989 and 1990.
At Kansas, he produced the largest recruiting class in the 16-year history of the program and coached the varsity four to a second-place finish at the Big 12 Conference championships. In his assistant coaching stint at UC Davis, he coached the Aggies’ second novice eight to a gold medal at the 2009 WIRA Championships.
Jenkins assumed the head coaching duties at USC in September of 1993 and brought it to national championship caliber by 1998. The Trojans would go on to qualify for five consecutive NCAA Championships under Jenkins’ guidance while also winning the 1999 Head of the Charles in Massachusetts.
Jenkins graduated from UC Davis in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics.