Jenkins Takes Over At Bethune-Cookman

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: December 22, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH — Bethune-Cookman University has named Ft. Lauderdale, Florida native Brian Jenkins its 10th Head Football Coach. Jenkins was an assistant coach at Rutgers University in the 2009 season and will begin his duties with the B-CU football program immediately.

Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed offered these comments to Coach Jenkins. “I applaud your selection as our new Head Coach.”

“I feel in my spirit that you will bring an incredible energy of enthusiasm, excitement, commitment and belief to the members of our football team and coaching staff, as well as our students, faculty, staff, alumni, Board of Trustees, community and fans.”

“In your interview, you conveyed that the most compelling aspect of your coaching philosophy is your commitment to the nurturing, well-being and development of our young athletes, off the field as well as on the field.”

“Your commitment to strong values, morals and ethics will mold these young men into the types of students envisioned by our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.”

“Brian Jenkins has been a critical part of the success in several major football programs in his journey to become a head coach,” said B-CU Athletics Director Lynn Thompson.

“He clearly understands that in order to build a championship program you must commit first to building young men. He is a relentless recruiter who is well connected and highly respected.”

“I look forward to watching our tradition rich program grow under his watch.”

“It is an honor to be selected at such a prestigious university as Bethune-Cookman University,” said Jenkins. “I am excited about it and looking forward to getting started. I am ready to go to work and have the opportunity to work with the student-athletes in the football program”.

Jenkins joined the Rutgers University football staff in March of 2009 and he was wide receivers coach on Head Coach Greg Schiano’s Scarlet Knights’ team that won the St. Petersburg Bowl with a 45-24 win over the University of Central Florida last Saturday.

Prior to Rutgers, Jenkins served as running backs coach and special team’s coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette for seven seasons (2002-2008).

Jenkins has also coached for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe, Bowling Greene State University, Eastern Illinois University and Western Kentucky University.

He played college football as both a wide receiver and running back at the University of Cincinnati where he graduated in 1993 with an associate’s degree in education and bachelor’s degree in social work.

After college, Jenkins spent six months running his own social work business.

He and his wife Octavia have a daughter, Briana, and a son, Brian Jr.