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The dean of the Heart, Steve Jenkins has won over 650 games during his career ranking fourth among active coaches in the NAIA for most wins.
Entering his 38th season as the Evangel Head Coach, you do not have to look far to see the success of the Crusaders during his tenure.
While on the sideline at Evangel, he has amassed a 665-514 record overall and posted a 366-222 record in conference play. The Crusaders have won seven conference championships, 13 NAIA national tournament appearances and Jenkins has been named Heart Coach of the Year seven times.
Currently, Evangel’s all-time leader in coaching wins, Jenkins was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame on March 18, 2014, joining former athletic director Dr. David Stair as the second Evangel recipient of that honor. Also a member of the Evangel Athletics Hall of Fame, he earned his 600th win on January 9, 2014.
During his illustrious career, Jenkins led the Crusaders to the pinnacle in 2001-02 as Evangel claimed the NAIA-II National Championship after a historic 35-1 season. Jenkins was named NAIA National Coach of the Year as Evangel went start to finish as the number one ranked team in the nation after also winning the program’s second Heart Tournament Championship.
Under Jenkins, six different Crusaders have been named Heart Player of the Year along with two Freshman of the Year, four Newcomer of the Year and one Defensive Player of the Year award winners.
Thirty-two players have also been named NAIA All-America during Jenkins’ tenure.
In addition to his induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame, Jenkins is also a member of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (inducted in 2013) and Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame where he was inducted in 2011.
A 1974 Evangel graduate, Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and physical education where he graduated summa cum laude. Jenkins was not only successful in the classroom, but he was also a star basketball and baseball player for the Crusaders. He earned four baseball and three basketball letters. Jenkins received his master’s degree from the University of South Florida in 1978.
Following his graduation from Evangel, Jenkins pursued his coaching and teaching career at Evangel Christian School in Lakeland, Florida, from 1974-76. At Evangel Christian, Jenkins coached basketball and baseball.
He returned to Evangel in 1977 as an assistant coach to then-head coach Aundrae Curtis. He was promoted to head coach before the 1982-83 season after working as an assistant under Curtis for five seasons.
Jenkins also coached the Evangel baseball team from 1978 through 1983. Jenkins’ baseball teams turned in a 132-97-3 record. The 132 wins are the second-most by any Evangel, baseball coach. He was also the Evangel’s men’s golf coach and was named Heart Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. During the 2012 season, he led the Crusader golf team to their first conference championship.
Jenkins, who has been an Evangel faculty member since 1977, was promoted to associate professor of physical education during the summer of 2002.
Jenkins and his wife, Rhonda, (’74) are from Pittsfield, Illinois. They have three grown children - Sarah, Jon, and David. The family resides in Springfield, Missouri.