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Kristina Jenkins Named Bowling Coach; Replaces Retired Joe Prest

Jenkins and Prest

CONTACT: Adam Sopris, (518) 629-7898, a.sopris@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, June 1, 2018

After a national search, Hudson Valley Community College Director of Athletics Justin Hoyt named Kristina Jenkins as the College's new head bowling coach. An East Greenbush, N.Y. native, Jenkins brings a wealth of bowling experience, which includes a Hall of Fame career at Hudson Valley as an All-American student-athlete from 2005-2007.

"We are excited to announce Ms. Jenkins as the next head coach of our men's and women's bowling programs," said Justin Hoyt, Director of Athletics. "She brings a wealth of experience and credibility to the position and shares the same educational and athletic vision in developing our student-athletes." 

The Hudson Valley alum is taking over the Vikings bowling program following the retirement of longtime head bowling coach, Joe Prest. Prest concluded his 30th year as head coach following a successful 2017-18 season, which saw the men's and women's programs reach the Intercollegiate Team Championships Sectional Tournament for the first time since 2014. Coach Prest, a two-time national coach of the year recipient, guided the Vikings to two NJCAA National Championships in 1995 and 2010.

"Coach Prest has been such a prominent figure in the bowling community and a staple in our bowling program for 30 years. He has built our men's and women's teams into National contenders on the lanes, but more importantly, has developed our student-athletes as people and academically," continued Hoyt. "None more so evident than former NJCAA Female Athlete of the Year, Kristina Jenkins, who will take over the reins as head coach. Ms. Jenkins bowled under Coach Prest and has a proven track record as a former student-athlete and coach."

Jenkins possesses years of experience in the bowling field as an athlete and a coach. Learning from one of the all-time great coaches Pat Costello, Kristina developed into a better professional bowler and collegiate coach.   She served as the head women's bowling coach at the University of Central Florida and guided the Knights to the top overall ranking in the country as her team became the first women's team to ever have an undefeated season.

Kristina was a standout student-athlete under Coach Prest from 2005-2007. She won the NJCAA Kerm Helmer Most Valuable Player award as the Individual all-events champion during her All-American season in 2007. She was also honored by the NJCAA as the recipient of the Betty Jo Graber/National Female Student-Athlete Award in her final year at Hudson Valley. 

"Kristina will be an excellent head bowling coach for Hudson Valley as she brings tremendous knowledge and coaching skill to the program," said Coach Joe Prest. "She will continue to bring success to the Vikings' men's and women's bowling programs."

She was a two-time All-American and All-Region student-athlete and was featured in the April 2006 edition of Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd".

Kristina received her Bachelor's degree in Sports and Fitness education from the University of Central Florida following her graduation from Hudson Valley with an Associate's of Arts degree in Physical Education. Jenkins has Level 1 and Bronze coaching certificates from the United States Bowling Congress. She is currently a member of the New York State Police in Troy, NY.