ECS is excited to announce that Coach Willie Jenkins has been named the new head coach for the varsity boys basketball program
ECS is excited to announce that Coach Willie Jenkins has been named the new head coach for the varsity boys basketball program. Coach Jenkins is currently the Director of Student Life at ECS and will maintain that responsibility along with his new position. While Coach Jenkins has an extensive background in basketball, his heartbeat is reflected in his vision for discipling and mentoring young men, and basketball will be a primary platform for that investment.
Upon graduation from Fairley High School, Coach Jenkins began his college basketball career at the University of Massachusetts and completed his playing time at Tennessee Tech University. He then transitioned to play professionally in Europe for seven years. After knee surgery he played one year in the NBA D-League. During his basketball career he has received multiple awards – All American Honorable Mention, Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, two-time Male Athlete of the Year at Tennessee Tech – and he was inducted as a member into the Tennessee Tech Hall of Fame. Coach Jenkins also participated in the NBA combines and had workouts with the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, and the Houston Rockets.
Coach Jenkins coached at Memphis Athletic Ministries working with young people ranging from elementary age to high school for four years. During that span of time he was also involved with Team Memphis Elite AAU as head coach of the girls 8th and 9th grade teams while also coaching the Memphis Nighthawks 14 year old boys to an undefeated national championship. At ECS he served as head coach of the girls 8th grade team, leading them to the league championship, and he then spent one year at Briarcrest as an assistant coach for the varsity girls team.
Coach Jenkins has been married to his wife, Eryka, for three years. She currently works as girls track and field coach and serves as Fitness Specialist at the Crain Center at Hutchison School. We look forward to the contribution Coach Jenkins will make to the ECS basketball program. Welcome to ECS Athletics, Coach!