Coach Steve Jenkins inducted into NAIA Hall of Fame
March 20, 2014 | Evangel University News
Evangel University’s head men’s basketball coach Steve Jenkins was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony on March 18, 2014. The event was held in conjunction with the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament banquet held at the Kansas City Convention Center.
Jenkins, in his 32nd year as Evangel’s head coach, picked up his 600th career win this season and led the Crusaders to their fifth straight NAIA-I national tournament appearance. Evangel earned an at-large bid with a 23-10 record and played Talladega (Ala.) in the tournament’s opening round. This season also marked Evangel’s ninth consecutive 20-win season. Jenkins guided Evangel to the 2002 NAIA-II national championship and was the NAIA-II Coach of the Year that season. He has been named Heart of America conference Coach of the Year six times in men’s basketball.
He became only the second individual from Evangel University to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Evangel Athletic Director, Dr. David Stair, received those honors from the NAIA in 2006.
In addition to coaching men’s basketball, Jenkins has been Evangel’s head golf coach since that program began in 1998 and has been named HAAC Coach of the Year in that sport twice. Under Jenkins, Evangel saw their first individual golfer qualify for the NAIA National Championship and Evangel’s team won the conference title in 2012 advancing to their first ever national championship tournament in the same year.
Jenkins was inducted into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and is a member of the Evangel University Athletics Hall of Fame having been inducted in 2006.
He also served as head baseball coach at Evangel from 1978 to 1983 and is still third in program history in all-time coaching wins posting a career record of 132-97-3 and has the second best in winning percentage in team history. He was an assistant men’s basketball coach under Aundrae Curtis from 1977-82.
Jenkins was a two-sport athlete at Evangel playing basketball and baseball, graduating summa cum laude with degrees in Psychology and Physical Education in 1974. He earned three varsity letters in basketball and four in baseball and was a stand-out performer in both.