Pete Jenkins, a veteran defensive line coach in the SEC, and a longtime assistant coach at LSU, returns for his second season with the Tigers after rejoining the staff prior to the 2000 season.
Jenkins is in his second tour of duty at LSU, having helped the Tigers win SEC championships in 1986 and 1988. The Macon, Ga., native served as the LSU defensive line coach from 1980-90. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1987 and to assistant head coach in 1990. Jenkins served under three head coaches during his first stint at LSU, joining the staff under Jerry Stovall in 1980 then coaching for Bill Arnsparger and Mike Archer.
Jenkins has coached 17 players who have earned All-SEC honors during his career and 29 of his former players have advanced into professional football. While at LSU, Jenkins has coached some of the finest defensive linemen in Tiger history, including Leonard Marshall, Roland Barbay and Henry Thomas.
Jenkins is also the veteran of 12 bowl games, including seven at LSU: 1983 Orange, 1985 and 1987 Sugar, 1985 Liberty, 1987 Gator, 1989 Hall of Fame and 2000 Peach Bowl. He went to three bowl games while at Mississippi State (1991 Liberty, 1993 and 1995 Peach) and two at Auburn (1996 Independence, 1998 Peach).
A 1964 graduate of Western Carolina, Jenkins played there for two years before starting his coaching career at Warner-Robbins High School in Georgia as an assistant coach. His career took him to two more high schools before he joined Troy State's staff in 1968 when Troy won the NAIA national championship. He coached at North Alabama, South Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Oklahoma State and Florida before settling in at LSU in 1980.
Jenkins most recently coached at Mississippi State from 1991-95 and Auburn from 1996-98.
A native of Macon, Ga., Jenkins graduated from Western Carolina in 1964. He and his wife, Donna, have two children, Jennifer and Jeff.
THE JENKINS FILE
Year at LSU: 13th (2nd since appointment. on Dec. 13, 1999)
Birthdate: Aug. 27, 1941, at Macon, Georgia
Wife: former Donna Reece
Children: Jennifer and Jeff
High School: Hawkins High School (Macon, Georgia)
College: Western Carolina '64
1964-65 Warner-Robbins (Ga.) HS (assistant coach)
1965-67 Columbus (Ga.) Baker HS (assistant coach)
1967-68 Phoenix City (Ala.) HS (head coach)
1968-70 Troy State (defensive coordinator)
1971-72 North Alabama (defensive coordinator)
1973-74 South Carolina (defensive ends)
1975-77 Southern Mississippi (defensive coordinator)
1978 Oklahoma State (defensive line)
1979 Florida (defensive line)
1980-90 LSU (defensive line 1980-90; defensive coordinator 1982, 1987-89; assistant head coach 1980-84, 1990)
1991-95 Mississippi State (defensive line)
1996-98 Auburn (defensive line)
2000- LSU (defensive line)