Transy finds new women's basketball coach on West Coast

June 20, 2014 

Juli Fulks is the new women's basketball coach at Transylvania University.

Transylvania University has found an accomplished coach to keep its women's basketball program rolling.

Juli Fulks, head coach at NCAA Division III Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., was announced Friday as Transy's new coach. Fulks replaces Greg Todd who left Division III Transylvania for Division I Morehead State in April.

"We are so excited to welcome Juli to our Pioneer family," said Transy Athletic Director Holly Sheilley. "We are confident that she will be a 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, an Ohio native, takes over a Transylvania team that went 26-3 and won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship in 2013-14.

"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 had a 117-82 record in 10 seasons at Lewis & Clark, making her easily the winningest coach in the program's history.

She took over a program in 2004-05 that had gone 33-92 over the previous five seasons. Within two years, she posted the team's first winning record in 13 years, going 16-9. Fulks' teams in 2011-12 and 2012-13 both finished 25-4 before last season's squad went 13-12.

Lewis & Clark made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and won two Northwest Conference championships between 2010 and 2013, and Fulks was named NWC Coach of the Year in 2011.

Previously, Fulks was an assistant coach at Defiance College which, like Transy, plays in the HCAC.

"She's a nationally respected coach who has a combination of leadership style and recruiting abilities that we're looking for," Sheilley said. "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 graduating with a degree in biology, she 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.

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