Jeff Lennox enters his eighth season as head coach of the men's and women's volleyball programs at Barton College in 2019-20.
This past year, the men's program had its best season in school history as the Bulldogs fashioned a 25-5 mark (14-2 in league play) and hosted an NCAA Playoff match for the first time in school history. Barton also won its third consecutive Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship in addition to the league tournament title. Lennox coached the Conference Carolinas Offensive (Angelos Mandilaris) and Defensive (Aleksa Brkovic) Players of the Year as well as the Elite 23 Award honoree (Brkovic). Meanwhile, Angelos Mandilaris earned honorable mention All-American accolades while Adrian Iglesias was a Freshman All-American.
The Barton women's team picked up a second straight berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2017-18 after fashioning a 23-8 record and winning both the league's regular season and tournament championships.
Both the men's and women's volleyball teams also had milestone seasons under Lennox in 2016-17 as both programs won the Conference Carolinas Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The title was a first for the men's team, accomplishing the feat in the program's sixth year of existence, while the women's team also won the tournament crown for the first time and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Lennox was named the 2016 Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year and placed two athletes on the all-conference list, including Player of the Year Hayley Marshburn. The men's program posted the most wins in school history (23) and had five players earn all-conference recognition. Freshman Angelos Mandilaris was named the 2017 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American, while brother Vasilis (the 2016 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year) was chosen as the program's first ever AVCA All-American.
In 2012, his first year at Barton, Lennox was named a AVCA Thirty Under 30 award winner, a prestigious distinction given to up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport of volleyball. It marked the second time Lennox has recieved the award in his brief coaching career.
Lennox helped guide the Barton women's volleyball team back into the Conference Carolinas Tournament in the fall of 2012 (the Lady Bulldogs missed the eight-team tourney the year before) before he led the young men's volleyball squad to a much improved sophomore season in the spring of 2013.
In 2013-14, Lennox was honored by his peers as Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Coach of the Year after guiding the Bulldogs to their first league tournament appearance and win. Picked to finish last in the conference, Barton produced a breakout season, going 7-7 in league play and placing fifth. The Bulldogs won their conference tourney debut at Limestone before falling to league champion Erskine in the semifinals.
Prior to Barton, Lennox had served as Head Men’s Volleyball Coach and Assistant Women’s Volleyball at Elmira College (N.Y.).
Lennox is a 2008 graduate of Juniata College (Pa.) and obtained a master’s degree in Education from Elmira. In his four years of service with Head Coach Rhonda Faunce, Elmira’s women’s team has compiled an overall record of 89-42 and claimed one championship and one runner-up finish in the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC). Lennox was the first coach of Elmira’s new men’s program in 2011 and led the Soaring Eagles to an overall record of 33-39 over two seasons. His 2012 team just recently completed it season with a 22-18 mark and had an NCAA Division III national ranking as high as 14th.
Lennox served as the primary recruiter for both volleyball teams at Elmira. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) named him as one of its 30 Under 30 Award recipients for 2012. This award is presented to the most distinguished coaches in the nation under the age of 30. He also has coaching experience at Huntingdon Area High School (Pa.) and with the Nittany Valley Juniors and Kaepa Lion’s Pride Volleyball Clubs.