GEORGE JENKINS NAMED ASSISTANT ROWING COACH
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After spending the last two years as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Kansas, George Jenkins was named assistant rowing coach at Sacramento State, it was announced today by Hornet head coach Mike Connors.
Jenkins, who brings 25 years of coaching experience to the Hornets, will work with both the varsity and novice squads at Sacramento State while also assisting in all aspects of recruiting. 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.
“We are pleased and excited that George will be joining our staff,” Connors said. “He has a wealth of experience, especially at the Div. I level, and his recruiting knowledge and ability will be a big plus for our program. I anticipate he will have an immediate and positive impact.”
A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Jenkins most recently 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.