Delaware names Sarah Jenkins head coach of women’s basketball

Courtesy of Delaware Athletic Communications

NEWARK, Del. –Sarah Jenkins, former Delaware associate head coach, has been named the fifth women’s basketball head coach in the program’s illustrious history, varsity athletics and recreation director Chrissi Rawak announced Sunday.

Jenkins has eight years of experience as a Division I coach and most recently spent the past year serving as an assistant coach at Penn State. Delaware Athletics will officially welcome Jenkins at a press conference on Tuesday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center Club located on the second floor of the BCC. The event is open to the public. Light refreshments and snacks will be served along with a welcome reception after the press conference.

“Coming back to Delaware and leading the women’s basketball program is an exciting time,” Jenkins said. “I am beyond thrilled to return to Delaware and take over as head coach of one of the finest programs not only in the Colonial Athletic Association, but also in the region. I want to thank the president of Dennis Assanis University, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Chrissi Rawak, and Assistant Athletic Director Jen Vining-Smith for the confidence they have placed in me. I am thrilled to build on the culture of the championship that has been established and I can’t wait to get started.

Jenkins is no stranger to the Blue Hen family as she spent four seasons on the coaching staff. She held the title of assistant coach and scouting coordinator (2017-20) before being elevated to associate head coach and scouting coordinator during the 2020-21 season. During his tutelage, the Blue Hens were 71-50 overall and 46-26 in conference.

“I couldn’t be more excited about Sarah returning to Delaware as the head coach of our women’s basketball program,” Rawak said. “She embodies our core values ​​and believes in our mission. Sarah brings great experience and a commitment to developing young women on and off the court, a passion for the game of basketball and knows how to win. I know we have found the right person to build on our success on and off the pitch and I look forward to partnering with her to achieve that success!”

In his senior year at Newark, Jenkins played a complex role in guiding Delaware to one of its best seasons in nearly a decade in 2020-21. She helped guide the team to a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season title, the Charlotte Area WNIT Championship, and a WNIT Semi-Final appearance; posting a 24-5 overall record, including a 16-2 conference mark to wrap up the year. Jenkins helped develop a spectacular season from CAA Player of the Year, All-Conference First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Tournament Team selection Jasmine Dickey, who became the sixth player in program history to win Player of the Year honors. The team finished the season as the NCAA Division I statistical champion in offensive rebounds per game (20.3). Jenkins was primarily tasked with working with perimeter players where she helped develop two CAA Player of the Year winners in Dickey and Nicole Enabosi as well as a host of All-Conference selections.

“We are delighted to welcome Sarah Jenkins back to the University of Delaware,” said President Dennis Assanis. “Her history of excellence and success as an associate head coach has prepared her for this time to lead the Blue Hens. I am confident that she will be an outstanding leader of our women’s basketball program and an outstanding ambassador. for the university.”

Prior to Delaware, Jenkins spent three seasons (2014-17) as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Georgetown. She helped guide the Hoyas to back-to-back WNIT appearances (2016-17) while developing a pair of All-BIG EAST selections, including BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Dorothy Adomako.

Jenkins spent more than eight years in the high school coaching ranks before returning to Georgetown in 2014. She made stops at Geneva School (Florida) and Winter Park High School (Florida) where she coached her teams to a pair of district championships as well as two regional finals.

The Bowie, MD native began her collegiate playing career at the University of Maryland but transferred to Georgetown where she played four years of basketball. As a student-athlete, Jenkins was a BIG EAST Academic All-Star and served as team captain for two years. Jenkins earned a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology in 2005.

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