College - Cal Berkeley '90
Carolyn Jenkins finished her fourth season as a member of the Minnesota Lynx coaching staff by adding the interim head coach title for the final 11 contests. Jenkins brought 12 years of collegiate basketball coaching experience to Minnesota, including stints with two of the top college programs in the country.
Jenkins, 37, started her coaching career as an assistant on Tara VanDerveer's staff at Stanford University. During her time at Stanford (1991-92 - 1994-95), the team reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament each season, made two Final Four appearances and won an NCAA Championship (1991-92). In her four-year coaching stint, Stanford won three Pacific-10 Conference titles, and two of the Cardinal's recruiting classes were ranked in the top five in the nation.
From 1995-96 to 1999-00, Jenkins served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Michigan State. The Spartans finished 22-8 and won the Big Ten Conference championship in 1996-97. Jenkins spearheaded a recruiting class that was ranked among the top 25 in the country three consecutive seasons (1997-98 - 1999-00).
Jenkins, a member of both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coaches Association, was elected into the Fresno (Calif.) Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. She was the 1986 Central Section Player of the Year at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno after winning championships in volleyball, basketball and softball. Jenkins graduated with an economics degree from the University of California-Berkeley (1990), where she played in 104 career basketball games in four seasons with the Bears (1986-1990).