Rockford Public School leaders today recommended Abby Jenkins for the position of head volleyball coach at East High School. In addition to leading Rock Valley College to three consecutive national tournament appearances, Jenkins has extensive experience with coaching club volleyball teams. Her selection is pending Rockford School Board approval.
Jenkins was a sports coordinator and head women's volleyball coach for RVC from 2010 through January of 2013. During that time, the team had two third place finishes and one first place finish at the national tournament. She has coached area volleyball clubs, including Club Fusion, since 2007.
The selection of Jenkins demonstrates the district's commitment to attracting the top talent and leadership in every sport for every student, according to Mat Parker, district Director of Athletic Activities and Program Development. "We are adamant about getting the best teachers and coaches, and making those selections with all students in mind," Parker said. "I'm very excited for our fine student-athletes at East."
Jenkins would teach physical education at East in addition to coaching. She brings to the school six years of teaching experience, including positions at Roscoe Middle School and Harlem High School.
It's not only Jenkins' success at the college level that impressed administrators. She has a great rapport with kids and is very driven. She knows how to motivate young athletes to achieve excellence. Jenkins said she is excited about coaching kids at every level and passing along what she's learned. Some of her former students are coaches. "That's what it's all about," she said.
Parker said, "I am completely confident she's going to build a strong, sustainable volleyball program at East."
The news conference was held in the East library.
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