Jerome Jenkins: Coach of the year
Santa Monica College Men's Basketball coach Jerome Jenkins has been named the Western State Conference South Division coach of the year after an exciting twenty-win season with the Corsairs. Jenkins downplayed the individuality of the award, saying, "It's a great honor but I don't really take too much into personal accolades. It's all about the team."
In just his third season as head coach, Jenkins led the Corsairs to a 20-7 overall record with a stellar 10-2 in conference record.
Just three seasons ago when Jenkins took over, the Corsairs had an overall record of 9-20 and finished last in the WSC South Division going an abysmal 1-11.
They improved the following season by three games to get to 12-15, but still finished second to last, in conference, going 4-8.
The biggest improvement, however, came this season when the Corsairs clinched the conference title for the first time since 1999.
The Corsairs season came to an end this past Saturday falling short in the playoffs to L.A. Harbor College on Saturday by a score of 66-71.
"I wouldn't have been able to have been in this position if it weren't for the hard work of the team." said Jenkins, "It's a great testament to my players."