Lew Jenkins is closing in on his 20th season as the skipper of the St. Mary's baseball program as the 2013 campaign marks his 19th year at the helm. Jenkins began his St. Mary's career in 1994 as an assistant coach before being named the head coach at the start of the 1995 season.
|JENKINS' YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD|
|1995||15-18||4-6||CAC First Round|
|1997||13-22||1-9||CAC First Round|
|2001||19-15||5-5||CAC First Round|
|2002||13-26-1||3-7||CAC Fourth Round|
|2003||11-20||3-7||CAC Third Round|
|2004||21-17-1||3-7||CAC Second Round|
|2005||18-18||3-7||CAC Third Round|
|2006||16-23||3-7||CAC Second Round|
|2007||17-20||3-7||CAC Third Round|
|2008||19-21-1||9-9||CAC Second Round|
|2009||15-22||7-11||CAC Third Round|
|2010||9-24||4-14||CAC Second Round|
|2011||19-16||9-9||CAC Third Round|
|2012||17-19||6-12||CAC Second Round|
The all-time winningest coach in the 43-year history of the program, Jenkins' 300-plus career wins include four 20-win seasons. The Seahawks recorded three straight 20-win campaigns between 1998 and 2000, marking the first three ever such seasons in program history.
St. Mary's claimed the CAC regular-season title and finished as the league runner-up in 1999 with a 26-7 record, earning Jenkins conference co-coach of the year honors. That year, the Seahawks set team records for most wins (26) and best winning percentage (.788).
During his tenure, Jenkins has coached two league rookies of the year (Steve Oursler, Chris Segal) as well as the 1999 player of the year (Oursler). He has also mentored 23 Seahawks to 34 all-conference selections (11 first team and 23 second team).
Jenkins is well-known in the state of Maryland for his 25 years as the head coach of Surrattsville High School baseball in Clinton, where he won 326 games, No. 1 on the state's all-time list at the time of his retirement. In addition to coaching baseball, he served as an athletic director and a physical education teacher as well as a coach for wrestling, soccer and football.
Jenkins left Surrattsville after the 1993 season with a lifetime winning percentage of .718. After the state playoff system took effect in 1975, his teams qualified for postseason play 18 straight years. Jenkins won 11 Prince George's County titles at a time when that area was considered a hotbed of baseball talent.
During his 40+ year coaching career, he has notched over 600 wins between his high school and college coaching days. After his retirement from high school coaching, Jenkins spent three seasons as an assistant at two of the premier Division I programs in the region, Georgetown and George Washington Universities. Several players from those teams went on to play professional baseball.
Jenkins has 25 years of scouting experience, recruiting talent for the Texas Rangers and the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the Major League Scouting Bureau. He coached youth baseball teams at the national and international levels, including mentoring the U.S. Junior National Team for four years.
He picked up the 2010 Achievement Award from Surrattsville HS, 16 years after being inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in recognition of his stellar high school coaching career. Jenkins was also enshrined in the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1991, he was awarded the U.S. Baseball Foundation's National Service Award.
A 1959 graduate of the University of Maryland, Jenkins earned his master's degree in physical education from George Washington.
He currently lives in Waldorf, Maryland with his wife, Marian. The couple has three grown sons and five grandchildren.