Steve Jenkins enters his 32nd season as Evangel’s head basketball coach in 2013-14. Jenkins, Evangel’s all-time leader in men’s basketball coaching wins, was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and has won 587 games in his career.
Jenkins enters the 2013-14 season with a career mark for 587-404 (.592). He reached 500 career wins on Jan. 14, 2010, when the Crusaders beat MidAmerica Nazarene 81-70. Jenkins is Evangel’s all-time leader in head coaching wins with the men’s basketball program.
Jenkins guided his 2001-02 team to the NAIA-II National Championship, a 35-1 overall record, a perfect 20-0 conference record and a HAAC Tournament Championship. He was named NAIA National Coach of the Year that season as his team was ranked #1 nationally throughout the year. He has coached Evangel to five Heart of America conference titles and 10 NAIA national tournament appearances.
In addition to being an NAIA National Coach of the Year, he has been named HAAC Coach of the Year six times. Jenkins was selected to be a coach for the senior all-stars from the Heart of America Athletic Conference in a game versus senior all-stars from the American Midwest Conference in 1998.
After serving as an assistant at Evangel for five years (1977-82), Jenkins took over the reins of the program in 1982-83.
A 1974 Evangel graduate, Jenkins earned a B.A. degree in psychology and physical education. He graduated summa cum laude. Jenkins was not only successful in the classroom, but he was also a star basketball and baseball player for the Crusaders. He earned four baseball and three basketball letters. Jenkins earned his master’s degree from the University of South Florida in 1978.
Following his graduation from Evangel, Jenkins pursued his coaching and teaching career at Evangel Christian School in Lakeland, Florida, from 1974-76. At Evangel Christian, Jenkins coached basketball and baseball. He returned to Evangel in 1977 as an assistant coach to then-head coach Aundrae Curtis. Jenkins also coached the Evangel baseball team from 1978 through 1983. Jenkins’ baseball teams turned in a 132-97-3 record. The 132 wins are the second-most by any Evangel baseball coach. Jenkins is also the Evangel’s men’s golf coach and was the HAAC Coach of the Year in that sport in 2010 and 2012. He guided them to a conference title in 2012.
Jenkins, who has been an Evangel faculty member since 1977, was promoted to associate professor of physical education during the summer of 2002.
Jenkins and his wife, Rhonda (also a 1974 Evangel grad), are from Pittsfield, Illinois. They have three grown children - Sarah, Jon and David and six grandchildren. The family resides in Springfield, Missouri.
|1||Nov. 13, 1982||Missouri Valley||76-69|
|100||Feb. 10, 1990||at Baker||61-58|
|200||Jan. 22, 1996||Graceland||90-75|
|250||Feb. 5, 1998||Baker||67-61|
|300||Jan. 20, 2000||at Graceland||73-60|
|346||Mar. 13, 2002||vs Robert Morris||84-61 (NAIA-II title game)|
|350||Dec. 3, 2002||at Benedictine||66-53|
|400||Nov. 4, 2005||vs Park (at MNU Classic)||80-63|
|450||Dec. 1, 2007||Culver-Stockton||72-54|
|500||Jan. 14, 2010||MidAmerica Nazarene||81-70|
Steve Gause will enter his fourth straight season as an assistant coach at Evangel. He returned to the staff three years ago after serving as a volunteer assistant in 2008-09 assisting in game preparation and player development.
Gause was the head coach at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida, for two seasons (2006-08) and assistant varsity coach and junior varsity head coach at Frostproof High School in Frostproof, Florida, for three years (2003-06).
As head coach at George Jenkins High School, Gause turned a program that won just four games in his first season into a district runner-up and Florida state playoff appearing squad the following season. He also helped rebuild a program at Frostproof High School as they made their first state playoff appearance in 18 years during Gause's third season there as an assistant. As the JV coach at Frostproof, Gause went from a four-win team in his first year, to a 14-4 record and 8-0 district mark by his third season.
Gause was on the Evangel bench as a graduate assistant for two years including the 2001-02 NAIA-II National Championship season. He was a two-sport athlete at Evangel winning four varsity letters in baseball (1997-2001) and two letters in basketball (1997-99). Gause received the Discipleship Award and President's Award with the basketball program and was awarded baseball's Golden Arm Award during his junior season. He was also a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete All-American.
Gause graduated from Evangel University in 2001 with a degree in missions and earned a master's degree in school counseling from EU in 2003.
He and his wife Janet will also be in their fifth year as Resident Directors of Lewis Hall at Evangel University.
Rob Awil enters his second year with the Crusaders as a graduate assistant coach. Awil played against Evangel two years ago as a member of California State-Maritime. He played two seasons for the Keelhaulers and was part of their Cal-Pacific conference championship in 2010. Awil also served as a player-coach for his team, working as a video coordinator and preparing scouting reports. He earned two coaches’ awards for leadership with the Keelhaulers. The Sacramento, California, native received a degree in Global Studies and is working toward a Master’s degree in School Counseling.