HEAD COACH | NIGEL JENKINS
Nigel Jenkins enters his seventh season as head coach of the Waldorf University men's basketball team.
Hired in 2011, Jenkins took over a team that averaged fewer than 10 wins a year during the previous three seasons. During the Jenkins era, the Warriors have knocked off 14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) top 25 teams, as well as setting new marks for conference wins in a season and receiving the highest conference tournament seed in school history.
Entering the 2017-18 season with an 85-86 career record, Jenkins is Waldorf's all-time winningest men's basketball coach in school history since becoming a four-year program and joining the NAIA. Last season, the Warriors ended the season in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Tournament quarterfinals. Two Waldorf players were honored as NAIA Scholar-Athletes while six players were named NSAA Scholar-Athletes.
During the 2015-16 season, the Warriors posted a 16-14 record to match a school record for wins in a season since becoming a four-year school. They finished with a 5-7 record in NSAA play in what was a highly competitive season. Waldorf received the No. 6 seed in the NSAA Tournament, where its season came to a close. Erik Brewer - who tops the school record books in career points and rebounds - was named a second-team all-conference selection.
Waldorf turned in a 15-15 record during the 2014-15 season and the Warriors finished one game out of first place in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) standings with a 10-4 league record. The season also included three victories over opponents ranked in the top four of the NAIA poll. Jenkins guided four players to MCAC honors and two players received national honors. Center Jordan Nelson was named MCAC Player of the Year, an MCAC Scholar-Athlete, first-team all-conference and second-team All-American. Nelson was also named a NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the second straight season. Trey Scott was named MCAC Defensive Player of the Year, first-team all-conference and honorable mention All-American. Brewer was a first-team all-conference selection for the third consecutive season and Michael Morgan was honored as an MCAC Scholar-Athlete.
During the 2013-14 campaign, Jenkins led the Warriors to a 16-10 record. The 16 victories set a new school record for wins in a season since Waldorf joined the NAIA in 2003. The Warriors received a No. 25 ranking in the NAIA Division II poll, marking the program's first appearance in the top 25.
The Warriors placed third in the MCAC standings with a 10-4 record during the 2013-14 season. They ended the year in the MCAC North Tournament semifinals.
Jenkins helped guide three players to MCAC honors. Center Jordan Nelson and forward Erik Brewer were named to the All-MCAC Team while guard Trey Scott received honorable mention recognition.
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 No. 5 seed in the Midwest College Conference (MCC) tournament the Warriors gained a tournament road-win at No. 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 eight 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 University at Mankato and, prior to that, spent three seasons at St. Mary's (Minn.) University as an assistant coach.
While at Minnesota State, 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 Division II National Tournament appearances 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 St. Mary's, Jenkins served as an assistant coach for the University of North Dakota during the 2004-05 season, helping guide the Fighting Sioux to a 19-10 record. He was also an assistant for North Dakota in 2002 as the Fighting Sioux 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 North Dakota after transferring from Black Hawk College-East. While at North Dakota, 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 the Fighting Sioux, 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 North Central Conference (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 Mason City with his wife Sindy. The couple has two daughters, Maya (6), and Cleo (3).