Skyhawk Baseball | Ryan Jenkins - Interim Head Coach
Ryan Jenkins was tabbed as interim head coach for the 2018 season on Dec. 11 by Skyhawk athletic director Kurt McGuffin.
Jenkins joined the UT Martin staff in July after spending the 2017 season at the College of Charleston, where he served as an assistant under head coach Matt Heath working with both hitters and pitchers. Jenkins coached five All-Colonial Athletic Association honorees and also tutored a Major League Baseball draft pick last season.
A Millbrook, Ala. native, Jenkins was a four-year letterman for the Auburn Tigers from 2006-10 as a catcher, playing under head coaches Tom Slater and John Pawlowski. Jenkins also learned under former Auburn assistants Link Jarrett, Chris Finwood, Jeff Duncan and Butch Thompson – who are all now Division-I head coaches. During his playing days at Auburn, Jenkins shared the diamond with four future MLB players – including 2015 American League Most Valuable Player Josh Donaldson.
Jenkins was named to the All-Southeastern Conference team in 2010 after hitting .365 with seven home runs and 34 RBI while making 48 starts behind the plate. He helped lead the Tigers to a 43-21 record as a senior, earning a spot on the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team.
A career .304 hitter over 138 collegiate games, Jenkins currently ranks eighth all-time in Auburn history in caught stealing by with 28 runners thrown out. He also excelled in the classroom, earning a spot on the 2009 All-SEC Academic team.
Jenkins was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 17th round of the 2010 MLB Draft and went on to play in the Royals’ minor league system from 2010-12. He played in 118 games over a three-year span, throwing out 49 would-be base stealers.
In 2013, Jenkins returned to Auburn to complete his bachelor’s degree in sociology while serving as a student assistant during the 2014 season and a strength and conditioning coach in 2015-16.
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