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The University of Delaware has hired Sarah Jenkins to be the next head coach of the woman’s basketball team. University of Delaware fans are familiar with Jenkins as she was on Natasha Adair’s coaching staff for four seasons (2017-2021). In her first three seasons with the team, she was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In her last season with the team, Jenkins became the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
During her time in Delaware, the team was 71-50 overall and 46-26 in conference play.
In the 2020-2021 season, Coach Jenkins was the key reason the Blue Hens had a historic season, as the team went 24-5 overall and 16-2 in conference play. Also, during that season, they earned the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular-season title, WNIT Charlotte Region Championship, and a WNIT semifinals appearance.
Coach Jenkins also helped develop and mentor former Blue Hens Jasmine Dickey and Nicole Enabosi, who both went on to win CAA Player of the year honors.
In 2020, Jenkins’s coaching role in Delaware was getting her noticed as she was named one of the Top 50 Division I Women’s Basketball Assistant Coaches by Silver Waves Media.
After departing from the Blue Hens in 2021, Jenkins joined Penn State women’s basketball team as an assistant coach.
Before she coached at Delaware, Coach Jenkins started her coaching career at her alma mater Georgetown, coaching under former Blue Hens head coach Natasha Adair. During her three seasons (2014-2017) at Georgetown, she helped lead the team to two WNIT appearances (2016-17). Coach Jenkins, helped develop BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Dorothy Adomako during her time with the Hoyas.
So how does Coach Jenkins feel coming back to the University of Delaware? She is ready to continue the winning culture and excited to be back in Newark.
“To come back to Delaware and lead the women’s basketball program is an exciting moment,” said Jenkins. “I am beyond thrilled to return to Delaware and take over as the head coach of one of the top programs not only in the Colonial Athletic Association but the region. I want to thank University President Dennis Assanis, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Chrissi Rawak, and Deputy Athletic Director Jen Vining-Smith for the trust they have placed in me. I am excited to build upon the championship culture that has been established and can’t wait to get started.”