Multiple ConfCarolinas championship winning coach Lennox to leave Barton

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One of the winnigest men’s volleyball coaches in ConfCarolinas history is moving on.

Jeff Lennox announced that after 10 years at Barton he has opted to step down as the head coach of the Bulldogs.

Lennox inherited a program that went winless during its inaugural 2012 season and developed the program into a premier ConfCarolinas school that won three conference regular season titles. The coach compiled 141 career wins and in 2019 was named a finalist for the ConfCarolinas Coach of the Decade.

“Jeff Lennox had a career to be proud of at Barton College,” athletics director Todd Wilkinson said in a statement. “The quality of the teams he coached to include recruiting outstanding students to our campus is to be commended. I want to thank Jeff Lennox for his leadership at Barton for the past decade and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”


The Bulldogs under Lennox twice reached the NCAA Tournament and were on pace to return to the NCAA Tournament again in 2020 before the season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Among Lennox’s most successful seasons at Barton occurred in 2019.

Barton won the ConfCarolinas championship and became the first ConfCarolinas school to earn the right to play host to a NCAA Tournament match, which it lost against Princeton. The Bulldogs earlier in the regular season also upset No. 15 Grand Canyon and USC on back-to-back days en route to winning the Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge.

“Coach Lennox put Barton on the national map with our men’s program,” Wilkinson said.

Along with coaching the men’s volleyball team, Lennox simultaneously served as the head coach of the Barton women’s volleyball team.

Lennox guided the school to back-to-back ConfCarolinas women’s volleyball titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017.