David Jenkins enters his sixth season as Head Baseball Coach at The University of the South, and he is the 12th baseball coach in program history.
The 2019 campaign saw history for Jenkins and the baseball program. For the first time in program history, spanning near a century, the team captured a 20-win season and set a new school record in wins with 21. Additionally, the 21-19 record and the .525 winning percentage marks the first season above .500 since the 1985 season, when the program finished 18-17.
Jenkins saw four players named All-SAA and Riley Brandvold became the second student-athlete under Jenkins to earn an All-Region selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings.
During the 2018 season, Jenkins saw four players named to the All-Southern Athletic Association Team. A record 20 student-athletes were selected to the SAA Academic Honor Roll during the season.
In 2017, Jenkins led to a 19-23 record and an appearance in the SAA Conference Tournament Quarterfinals. The overall record is the best in a season since the 2003 Tigers when they finished 19-21. He led one student-athlete, Drew Mancuso, to First Team All-Conference honors for the first time since 2012 and the first in the SAA-era.
Additionally, Trey Akins was named as an ABCA/Rawlings All-Region performer.
The 2016 season saw four student-athletes garner All-SAA recognition, and 14 were named to the Honor Roll.
Jenkins led the Tigers to an 11-24 record in his first season in 2015. Under Jenkins leadership, Sewanee produced five All-SAA players. Additionally, Jenkins continued work on the renovation of Montgomery Field. New graphics and turf were also added along with new home and away uniforms for the team.
In his five years at the helm of the baseball program, Jenkins has coached 22 All-Conference and 77 SAA Academic Honor Roll members. His teams have earned the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award two times (2017, 2018)
Jenkins came to Sewanee from Shenandoah University, where he served as an assistant coach for seven seasons.
At Shenandoah, Jenkins helped lead the Hornets into the NCAA Tournament five out of the past six seasons.
While Jenkins was an assistant, Shenandoah was also the No. 1 seed in the 2014 ODAC Tournament and Demorest NCAA Regional. The nationally-ranked Hornets finished 2014 with a 33-11 record and final No. 16 ranking in the D3baseball.Com poll.
During his time, Shenandoah complied an overall record of 204-63 and finished with multiple top-five wins and regional championships.
Individually, Shenandoah boasted 27 all-conference selections, including three-conference player of the year winners. That included 2014 ODAC Player of the Year and two-time All-American, Michael Paul.
Prior to his time in Winchester, Va., Jenkins served as the assistant coach at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va.
As a player, Jenkins was a four-year starter and left the program holding school records for most games played, 164, and started, 163.
A three-time Virginia State Sports Information Directors All-State selection, Jenkins earned All-USA South honors after his freshman, junior and senior campaigns.
In his time as a coach, Jenkins has coached eight All-Americans and four that have played professional baseball. One of significance while at Shenandoah was Phil Morse, who was drafted in the 16th Round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.
Jenkins received his bachelor's degree from Shenandoah in 2007 and earned a master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He is married the former Ashley McManamay. Ashley works for the University of the South as the Director of the Sewanee Dance Conservatory.
The Jenkins File
Year -- Overall W-L Record -- Conference W-L Record --Notes
|2015||Sewanee||11-24||.314||4-16||.200||SAA Tournament First Round|
|2016||Sewanee||5-35||.125||4-17||.190||SAA Tournament First Round|
|2017||Sewanee||19-23||.452||8-12||.400||SAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|2018||Sewanee||12-22||.353||6-13||.316||SAA Tournament First Round|
|2019||Sewanee||21-19||.525||8-13||.381||SAA Tournament First Round|