RYAN JENKINS NAMED FULL-TIME HEAD BASEBALL COACH AT UT MARTIN
April 17, 2018
MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin athletics director Kurt McGuffin announced today that he has removed the interim tag and officially tabbed Ryan Jenkins as the Skyhawk head baseball coach.
Jenkins originally joined UT Martin as an assistant coach in July 2017 before he was elevated as head coach in December on an interim basis. He is officially the 11th head baseball coach in school history.
“I have been impressed with how Coach Jenkins has handled not only this season but his vision for the Skyhawk baseball program going forward,” McGuffin said. “He was thrown into a difficult situation and has handled it with the utmost professionalism. I am confident in Coach Jenkins’ ability to lead this program to greater heights in the future.”
Jenkins has guided UT Martin to a pair of victories over nationally ranked opponents in 2018. The Skyhawks posted a 13-10 win at then-No. 13 Southern Miss on Feb. 24 before claiming a 4-3 road victory on March 10 at Ohio Valley Conference leader Tennessee Tech, who is currently ranked No. 21 in the nation after a Division-I-best 20-game winning streak.
Jenkins has been a steady leader for UT Martin in 2018. The Skyhawks lost their top returning hitter to an injury in the first week of the season and were forced to play their first 16 games on the road. Four freshmen have combined for a total of 114 starts across the infield for UT Martin, who tallied a three-game winning streak in mid-March while running into some tough luck as of late as 11 of its losses have come by three or fewer runs.
“I am extremely grateful to Chancellor Keith Carver and our athletic director Kurt McGuffin for this opportunity,” Jenkins said. “I have only been at UT Martin for a short time but I have come to love the community and this campus. I believe in this program – we have had some ups and downs this season but we are building things the correct way. I am excited for the potential and growth of Skyhawk baseball.”
A native of Millbrook, Ala., Jenkins is in his fifth season as a collegiate coach. He was an assistant at the College of Charleston in 2017, overseeing five All-Colonial Athletic Association recipients while developing a Major League Baseball draft selection.
Before his stint at College of Charleston, Jenkins was a student assistant/strength and conditioning coach at Auburn – his alma mater – for three seasons.
Jenkins was a career .304 hitter in 138 collegiate games at Auburn, earning All-Southeastern Conference honors at catcher in 2010. During his Tiger career, he played under two head coaches and learned the craft from four other assistant coaches who are current Division-I head coaches.
In the summer of 2010, Jenkins was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 17th round of the MLB Draft. He played in the minor leagues for three years before joining the coaching ranks.
A 2009 All-SEC Academic Team recipient, Jenkins graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2013.