DOVER, Del. – Delaware State Director of Athletics Dr. D. Scott Gines has selected Pamella Jenkins as the new head coach of the Hornets’ women’s lacrosse team.
Jenkins most recently served a three-year stint as Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at NCAA Division II Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, where she also held the positions of Assistant Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator.
She led the Falcons to seven lacrosse wins in 2019, the most by the program since 2014. The team also recorded three conference wins last season, the most since joining the Mountain East Conference in 2015. Notre Dame had eight MEC All-Academic honorees and one all-conference first team selection during Jenkins’ coaching tenure.
From 2013 to 2015, she was a member of the women’s lacrosse staff at Oberlin College in Ohio, serving as an assistant coach the first two seasons before being appointed as acting head coach in the last year.
Oberlin posted a 29-18 overall record during Jenkins’ three seasons with the program, including a 10-7 mark while serving as head coach in 2015. The team featured two All-North Coast Athletic Conference First Team players that season.
Jenkins’ college coaching resume’ also includes a three-year stint (2005-08) as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont of the Division I America East Conference. The Catamounts led the America East in draw controls and four players earned all-conference recognition during her tenure.
In 2005 and 2006, she was the head women’s lacrosse coach at Division II New Haven (Conn.).
Jenkins was tasked with starting the women’s lacrosse program while serving as a professor at Missouri Baptist University. In addition to recruiting, her responsibilities included fundraising, budgeting and scheduling for the new program.
“Pamella Jenkins stood out among the candidates for the Delaware State women’s lacrosse head coach position because of her successful experience in leading up-and-coming programs,” said Dr. Gines. “She is an outstanding teacher, leader and administrator whose hard work and dedication have keyed her rise through the coaching ranks. We believe Pam has the experience and skills to turn around the Hornets’ lacrosse program.”
Jenkins is a native of White Plains, N.Y., where she first competed in lacrosse at Rye Country Day School. She received a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Bridgeport in 2002 and a master’s in Management of Sports Industries from the University of New Haven in 2005.
“I’m grateful to Dr. Gines and Delaware State administration for the opportunity to lead the Hornets’ women’s lacrosse team,” said Jenkins. “The University is located in a region of the country that’s a hotbed for the sport, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of building a competitive program. “
Jenkins will be the third head coach in the eight-year history of the DSU women’s lacrosse team.
She is married to Kerry Jenkins, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Oberlin College. They have three children, Helene, Javin and Josiah.
Jenkins will officially begin her Delaware State duties on Aug. 5.