MINNEAPOLIS – Longtime Washburn football coach Giovan Jenkins announced to his team Tuesday that he will not return next season. Instead, Jenkins will become a “volunteer coaching assistant” under Jerry Kill and his Golden Gophers.
He says he’s “following his dream” as he pursues the next level.
“Most of the guys know I aspire to coach college football at a high level,” Jenkins told KARE-11 Sports. “But it’s still emotional and bittersweet.”
Jenkins, 37, graduated from Washburn High School and went on to spend 14 seasons on the sidelines coaching the Millers football program. The last six years as head coach.
“I’ve been talking with Coach Kill since last December and he’s giving me a chance,” says Jenkins. “It’s what I want to do.”
Coach Kill has told Jenkins that he will help with recruiting, selling the program, and participate in “defensive quality control.”
Currently on the roster, the Gophers have Jeffery Jones, a 2013 Washburn graduate. Jones, a redshirt freshman, was voted Mr. Football in 2013 and remains close with Jenkins.
“Will I be in charge of him? Probably not,” he says. “But I will continue to mentor him and connect with him.”
Coach Jenkins says he will continue in his role as one of Washburn’s academic deans.