We are thrilled to announce that our Certification Commission has just gotten stronger with the addition of two new members. Please welcome Derrick Jenkins, who will be joining as a Certification Commission member, and Stephen White, who will serve as a public member of the Certification Commission. With their extensive experience and knowledge in their respective fields, we are confident that they will greatly contribute to the success of our Certification Commission. We look forward to working with them and achieving new milestones together.
Derrick Jenkins: Rick Jenkins is currently the Program Coordinator for Strength and Conditioning at UT-San Antonio, Campus Recreation department since 2019. Prior to his current role, Coach Jenkins fulfilled his 13th year as a full-time collegiate strength and conditioning coach and his 5th as the Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He worked directly with Volleyball, Baseball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf and Spirit.
A native of Huntsville, Ohio Derrick earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Evansville where he was a member of the football and powerlifting teams all four years. Additionally, Derrick was a work-study student assistant in the varsity weight room for three of those years. After a season working in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, he took a graduate assistant position in the HPER department at Western Michigan University obtaining a M.A. with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Derrick went back to professional baseball in 2000 with the Milwaukee Brewers organization and in 2001 with the Kansas City Royals organization. In 2001 he took a strength and conditioning graduate assistant position at Central Michigan University where he worked for two years under Greg Halberg and Melissa Walton, graduating with a second M.A., emphasis in Athletic Administration. In early 2004 Derrick was an intern at Brown University working with all teams that used the varsity weight room. Getting his first full time collegiate position in late 2004 Derrick was the Assistant Director of Athletic Performance under Lacey Degnan at the University of Montana. In this capacity he directed the activities of Women’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, Volleyball and assisted with other sports including Football, Men’s Basketball and Track and Field. Derrick progressed in his strength and conditioning career, taking the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning position at UTSA in late 2006. He worked in this capacity under Michael Cox until 2010 and then Charles Dudley when Dudley became the Director of Strength and Conditioning at UTSA. During his time at UTSA he has worked with every team in the university fields. Derrick was promoted to the position of Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning in 2013.