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claflin terrance jenkinsORANGEBURG, SC - There is set to be a new era in Claflin University women's basketball as Terrance "Tee" Jenkins was announced as the new women's basketball head coach, Wednesday morning. After performing a national search, Jenkins' winning ways, his passion for the university, and his commitment to those under his guidance made him stand out as the best choice for the position.

Terrence JenkinsJenkins is no stranger to Claflin University athletics, and he is well poised to lead the program into a bright future. In December, Jenkins moved into the position as interim head coach of the Lady Panthers women's basketball team. He led the team to a 7-12 performance and a 6-10 performance in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team finished the season in fifth place in the CIAA Southern Division and 10th overall in the conference. The performance was far better than the preseason predictions as the Lady Panthers were picked to finish 12th overall and sixth in the division.

While this will be the first full time stint as a head coach for Jenkins, he has a wealth of experience that has prepared him to be the head coach of the Lady Panthers' program. Jenkins has been a part of Claflin University coaching for the past 14 years. He began his career as a student-assistant with the Panthers men's basketball program and then he moved on to become a graduate assistant before becoming a full-time assistant coach before becoming the interim women's basketball head coach.

Before beginning his career as a coach, Jenkins was contributing to the Claflin community both on and off the court. He played two seasons for the Panthers where he earned several academic awards, including receiving the athletic academic award presented to the men's basketball play with the highest grade-point average (GPA). He also earned the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.'s prestigious David M. Dupree Athletic Award, which is presented to the student-athletes with the highest GPA in the Southeast. His leadership was also apparent on the court as he was named team co-captain and he was named the team's 2002-03 Most Valuable Player.

After moving into the position as women's basketball head coach, Jenkins will now turn his attention to leading the Lady Panthers' program to a successful future that can meet the standards of its prestigious past.

For more information on Lady Panthers basketball, contact the Claflin University Office of Athletic Media Relations at (803) 535-5548 or log on to


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