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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
Stephanie Jenkins is the Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Girls Basketball and Track Coach for Post. She teaches health at the middle school.
Jenkins grew up in Smethport, Pennsylvania and graduated from Smethport High School in 1992. Jenkins attended college at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and graduated from Edinboro in 1996.
Jenkins finished her 20th year of coaching this past year. Jenkins started out her coaching career at Ector Junior High in Odessa, where she was for one year. Her next job was at Cleburne Middle School where she also coached for one year. After Cleburne, Jenkins coached for Peaster High School for three seasons. Jenkins then had a four-year stint at Chico. She left Chico for Perrin, where she coached for six seasons. After Perrin, she landed in Post, where she has been for the past five years.
While her exact overall record is unknown, it is estimated that Jenkins has about 250 career wins as a head volleyball coach. Most of her head coaching career has been with volleyball, although she mentioned she was a head softball coach for a few seasons during her coaching career.
Jenkins has also set the bar high for this season for the Lady Lopes, and she said the goal is win the district title and advance further in the playoffs.
“I’ve really enjoyed these varsity athletes,” Jenkins said. “They are hardworking and get along very well. This year’s juniors were my 6th grade Pre-Athletics girls my first year at Post. It’s been fun watching them grow over the past five years.”
Jenkins’s favorite hobbies are reading in the summer and camping and kayaking when her family can. She said the biggest influence in her life was her dad. Her favorite quote is, “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”
Jenkins is married to her husband, Jamie, who is also a coach for Post. The Jenkins have three daughters: Addison, Rylee, and Averi.
This summer, The Post Dispatch will highlight all the coaches and trainers from Post, Borden County, and Southland and describe their impact on their