Title: Assistant Coach
Experience: Second Season
Alma Mater: UC Davis, '86
After spending two years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Kansas, George Jenkins begins his second season as an assistant at Sacramento State in 2012-13.
Jenkins, who has 26 years of coaching experience, will lead the Hornet novice squad this year and assist with 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.
Last season (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 team’s conference championship regatta (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.
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