Release courtesy of Transylvania University
LEXINGTON, KY — Juli Fulks has been named
head coach of the Transylvania women's basketball program, the
athletic department announced Friday.
"We are so excited to welcome Juli to our Pioneer family," said Athletic Director Holly Sheilley. "We are confident that she will be good fit for our program as we look to continue the success of our women's basketball program and take it to the next level."
Fulks comes to Lexington from Portland, Ore. where she served for 10 years as the head coach at NCAA Division III Lewis & Clark College, one of the Top 75 National Liberal Arts Colleges in the country.
"I am incredibly excited to begin working at Transylvania University and join the Pioneer athletic department," Fulks said. "It is a prestigious academic institution with a long history of great women's basketball and a desire for excellence."
Fulks took over at Lewis & Clark prior to the 2004-05 season inheriting a team that posted a 1-15 conference record. In her first season at the helm, Fulks led her team to an 8-8 record in Northwest Conference play and a 12-12 overall mark in one of the 20 most improved seasons in the nation.
Under Fulks' guidance, Lewis & Clark found their place atop the Top-25 USA Today rankings each the past three years, ranking as high as seventh nationally in 2011 on its way to a 25-4 season. Following the 2011 season, Fulks was named NWC Coach of the Year while player Kristina Williams earned NWC Player of the Year honors. Fulks' Pioneer squad grew in success, recording three-straight NCAA tournament appearances, three 20-win seasons, and two Northwest Conference Championships.
Prior to her tenure at Lewis & Clark, Fulks served as an assistant coach at Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference member institution, Defiance College. In her first season at Defiance, Fulks helped improve the Yellow Jackets to a 20-7 record while ranking in the nation's top 10 in field goal and free throw shooting percentage.
Athletic Director Holly Sheilley looks forward to bringing Fulks' breadth and depth of experience to the Transylvania court.
"She's a nationally respected coach who has a combination of leadership style and recruiting abilities that we're looking for," said Sheilley. "Most importantly she cares about the welfare of student-athletes and making sure that their experiences transcend basketball."
A native of Dola, Ohio, Fulks was a member of the 1997 Capital University team that reached the Final Four after snagging the Ohio Athletic Conference title. After graduating with a degree in biology, she later earned a master's in education from Defiance. Fulks remains the all-time leading scorer at Hardin Northern High School with more than 1,600 career points.
Fulks takes over an impressive Transylvania team that posted a 26-3 season record and HCAC Championship in 2013-14 before falling to defending national champion DePauw University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.