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Anthony Jenkins
Hometown: Memphis, TN
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A veteran coach and athletic director, Anthony Jenkins guided the football, track, and powerlifting programs at Hernando High School. He was born in Memphis, TN, and was a 1975graduate of Hernando High where he was a 4-year letterman in football and track and also selected as Best Citizen for two years. He achieved his college degree at Mississippi State where he lettered in football in 1978 and 1979 and earned his master's degree at Concordia University in Irvine, CA in 2012. His 34-year coaching career began in 1980 at Memphis Southside High where he was assistant football coach for eight seasons before arriving back at his alma mater as head football coach in 1988. Coach Jenkins is the winningest football coach in Hernando history with a record of 165 wins and 103 losses out of 268 games played from 1988 to 2013, leading his Tigers teams to seven playoff appearances, three district titles, and a North runner-up finish in 2002. He guided the Hernando track teams for 23 years and led the powerlifting squads for 19 years producing 25 individual state powerlifting champions. His lifters also claimed five regional championships, one North half runner-up finish, and the 2010 state runner-up finish. In 2088, he tutored Ricky Robertson, the number one high jumper in the nation, who would star at Ole Miss and compete in the 2016 Olympics. He also coached three football players who went on to play in the NFL - Kevin Dockery, Deljuan Robinson, and Bradley Sowell. He served as athletic director at Hernando from 1990 to 2013 and has served as DeSoto County School District A.D. since 2014 for three decades of experience as an athletic administrator. He was named the MAC Athletic Director of the Year in 2019, and was a finalist for the 20018 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year Award. Coach Jenkins coached in the Bernard Blackwell Classic All-Star Football game as an assistant coach in 1990 and as head coach in 2012, and was an assistant coach in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic in 2001 and 2008. He was named Teacher of the Year in 1997 by Hernando High and received teh 2003 Gerald Ford All-American Football Coach award. A MAC member since 1988, he has also served on the MHSAA Executive Board from 2009 to 2013 and 2017 to present date with a term as President from 2015 to 2016. He has been a clinic speaker at Mississippi State, University of Memphis, and Arkansas State. In 2016, the football field at Hernando High was named "Anthony Jenkins Field" in his honor.