Sept. 5, 2008
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich announced the hiring of Carolyn Jenkins as Assistant Commissioner for Operations. Jenkins joins the WCC after previously serving as the Director of Player Personnel of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
"We are extremely excited to have Carolyn join the West Coast Conference," said Zaninovich. "I'm confident that her professional experience combined with her passion for college athletics will make her a tremendous asset to the WCC and its member institutions."
Jenkins will oversee the league's officiating programs and assist with the review of all conference contracts. Jenkins will supervise the business operations and assist with managing the WCC budget. In addition, she will serve as the staff liaison for men's and women's tennis, and women's golf.
Prior to joining the WCC, Jenkins, a graduate of the University of California, served as the Director of Player Personnel for the WNBA. In this role, Jenkins was responsible for all player-related matters, including collegiate and international player evaluation, a regional scouting program, pre-draft camp, rookie orientation and other player marketing programs throughout the year. She also worked with various other WNBA departments regarding league business.
Jenkins boasts a career in women's basketball covering a 20-year span that includes four years as a player at the University of California, Berkeley, four years as an NCAA head coach, eight years as an NCAA assistant coach, and five years as an assistant coach with the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. During her tenure with Minnesota, she helped guide the Lynx to their first-ever playoff appearances in 2003 and 2004.
Her collegiate coaching career includes three years as head coach at Sacramento State University (2000-03) as well as assistant coaching stints at Michigan State University (1996-2000) and Stanford University (1991-95). While at Michigan State, Jenkins spearheaded a recruiting class that was ranked among the top 25 in the country three consecutive seasons (1997-98 through 1999-00) and the Spartans won the Big Ten Conference championship during the 1996-97 campaign. During her time at Stanford, the team won three Pacific 10 Conference titles, and two of the Cardinal's recruiting classes were ranked in the top five in the nation. The Cardinal reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament each season, made two Final Four appearances and won an NCAA National Championship (1991-92).
In addition to her collegiate coaching, Jenkins has been involved with USA Basketball. She served as a scout and floor coach for the USA Basketball Senior National Team (1994) and a floor coach for the USA Basketball Pan American Team (1993).
Jenkins has also worked as a business analyst for Bay Area-based companies Hitachi Data Systems and United Defense. She is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Black Coaches & Administrators Association and National Strength & Conditioning Association.
A 1990 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Jenkins earned a degree in Economics and played four years for the Golden Bears while serving as co-captain during her senior year.