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Evangel basketball coach Steve Jenkins to be inducted into NAIA Hall of Fame

August 16, 2013 | Ashli O'Connell

Evangel University’s head men’s basketball coach Steve Jenkins will be inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame, according to an announcement from the NAIA on Thursday, August 16, 2013.

The induction ceremony, scheduled for March 18, 2014, will be held in conjunction with the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament banquet held at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Career accomplishments

Jenkins will enter his 32nd year as Evangel’s head basketball coach this season. His career achievements include a coaching record of 587-404, 600 career wins, the NAIA-II National Championship in 2002 and six Heart of America Athletic Conference titles. Eleven of his teams have advanced to NAIA national tournaments.

Evangel Basketball Team

Coach Jenkins led the men’s basketball team to their sixth Heart of America conference tournament championship in 2013.

He was honored as the NAIA-II National Coach of the Year in 2002 and has been named HAAC Coach of the Year six times.

Jenkins was inducted into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Evangel University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

He now becomes only the second individual from Evangel University to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.The first was Dr. David Stair, Evangel’s athletic director, in 2006.

Life off the basketball court

In addition to coaching men’s basketball, Jenkins has been Evangel’s head golf coach since that program began in 1998. He has been named HAAC Coach of the Year in that sport twice. Under Jenkins, Evangel saw its first individual golfer qualify for the NAIA national championship and won the conference title in 2012,  advancing to their first ever national championship tournament in the same year.

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. He has the second best in winning percentage in team history. He was an assistant men’s basketball coach under Aundrae Curtis from 1977-82.

As an Evangel student, Jenkins was a two-sport athlete. He played 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.

Following graduation, Jenkins was a teacher and coach at Evangel Christian High School in Lakeland, Florida. He earned a master’s degree from the University of South Florida in 1978.

Jenkins served for many years as a baseball umpire in Southwest Missouri and has held a variety of leadership capacities at his home church, Central Assembly of God. He also enjoys being a member of the church choir. Over the past 40 years, he has also coached in the local community, working with countless numbers of youth through camps and coaching clinics.

Additional honorees

In addition to Jenkins, the NAIA will also be honoring the following individuals as Hall of Fame inductees during the 2013-14 year: James “Jim” Poteet, Southwestern Christian (Okla.), meritorious service; Kevin Donley, St. Francis (Ind.), football coach; Tyler Emmert, Carroll (Mont.), football athlete; Bobby Davis, Tennessee Wesleyan, basketball athlete; Ralph Hodge, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), basketball coach; Rocky Lamar, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), basketball coach; Keith Lytle, Oklahoma City, baseball meritorious service; Chris Schroder, Oklahoma City, baseball athlete; Benjamin “Ben” Zobrist, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), baseball athlete; Mike Renney, Simon Fraser (B.C.), softball coach; John Mason, Fort Hays State (Kan.), track and field athlete.

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