Nigel Jenkins enters his third season as head coach of the Waldorf College men's basketball team.
Hired on March 3rd, 2011, Jenkins took over a team that averaged fewer than ten wins a year during the previous three seasons. During the Jenkins era, the Warriors have knocked off five NAIA Top 25 teams, as well as setting new marks for conference wins in a season, as well as receiving the highest conference tournament seed in school history.
The 2012-2013 season marked the Warriors first season in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference. While returning no players that averaged over 15 minutes per game the previous year, Jenkins led the Warriors to a 13-15 record overall, as the Warriors played a tough non-conference schedule, facing six Top 25 Nationally ranked opponents, as well as three games against NCAA DII opponents, and a game at NCAA DI University of South Dakota. In all, the Warriors played 22 of their 31 contests on the road.
The Warriors got off to a great start in MCAC conference play, winning six of their first eight games. After dropping four games in a row towards the end of January and early February, the Warriors responded, winning their last four contests. The Warriors wrapped up the regular season with two thrilling wins at home over #23 Bellevue and #15 York. The wins allowed the Warriors to finish the season with a 10-6 record in league play, giving them the #4 seed for the MCAC Conference Tournament. The 10 conference wins marks a new record for conference wins in a season, and the #4 seed is now the highest seed Waldorf has received in postseason play.
The Warriors then traveled to York, Neb. where they eventually fell to #19 ranked Bellevue in the first round of the conference tournament 55-54.
The strength of the conference was shown in the NAIA DII National Tournament, as the MCAC fielded three teams, making it one of the toughest conferences in the nation.
Last season, Jenkins helped guide a pair of players to MCAC honors as freshman forward Erik Brewer was a First-Team All-MCAC pick and was also tabbed as the league's Freshman of the Year. Senior forward Mitch Barrett-Burrell was also awarded for his play as he earned All-MCAC Honorable Mention.
In his first season at the helm, Jenkins led the Warriors to a 14-13 record in the 2011-12 season. The team's 14 wins marked the most since the 2007-08 season. After securing a the #5 seed in the Midwest College Conference tournament the Warriors gained a tournament road-win at #4 seed, Clarke University. Waldorf fell a game short of advancing to the finals, with a loss to the eventual champion St. Ambrose University.
During his tenure at Waldorf, Jenkins has seen three players earn postseason recognition, including 2011-2012 MCC All-Conference selection Brian Tollette.
Jenkins joined Waldorf after spending three seasons as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Minnesota State-Mankato and, prior to that, spent three seasons at St. Mary's (Minn.) as an assistant coach.
While at Mankato, Jenkins helped lead the Mavericks to a third place conference finish in 2008-09 followed by back-to-back conference championships in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. He also helped lead them to three consecutive NCAA DII National Tournaments and the 2010-11 team reached the NCAA Final Four. He has coached 12 All-Conference players, five All-Region players, two Defensive Players of the Year, and three All-Americans.
Prior to his appointment at SMU, Jenkins served as an assistant coach for UND during the 2004-05 season, helping guide the Fighting Sioux to a 19-10 record. He was also an assistant for UND in 2003 as UND played to a 20-9 record and a trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. In 2003, he spent a season as an assistant at Lakeland College and helped lead the Muskies to a 16-13 record, capturing the Lake Michigan Conference Tournament and earning the school's only berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Jenkins spent two years at UND after transferring from Black Hawk East Community College. While at UND, he was named captain of the 2001-02 squad that finished 19-10 and reached the finals of the North Central Conference Tournament. Jenkins, who played 52 games with UND, shot 48 percent from beyond the three-point line for his career and finished his senior season shooting 55.9 percent from outside, leading the NCC.
Jenkins earned an undergraduate degree from North Dakota in 2003 and a master's degree from St. Mary's (Minn.) in 2009. Jenkins resides in Forest City with his wife Sindy. The couple has two daughters, Maya (2), and Cleo, who was born in September 2013.