Irene Jenkins is in her second season as head coach of MIT's lightweight rowing program. Jenkins served as head coach of the Engineers' novice squad two seasons ago before taking over the program reins. Jenkins made the trek to Cambridge after doing a one-year fellowship at the Taft School, where she engaged in a myriad of roles. While teaching Philosophy, Adolescent Psychology, Applied Ethics and American Social Justice, she was also the head coach of the junior varsity ice hockey program, coach of the JV soccer squad and a coach on the women's rowing staff.
In her brief stint at Taft, Jenkins' crew teams rowed well, earning a silver medal in the NEIRA High School Championships. A veteran of the crew scene, she has coached for the Cazenovia Rowing Club and St. Paul's, while also coaching sculling and sweep rowing at the Boston University Summer Rowing Program.
Jenkins began her rowing career at Brewster Academy, before moving to Colgate University, where she was a four-year member of the Colgate Division I program. Irene graduated with high honors from Colgate University in 2003, majoring in Philosophy and Religion. She is currently enrolled at Harvard Divinity School, where she is pursuing a Masters of Divinity.