Juli Fulks is in her fourth season as head coach of the Transylvania women's basketball program for the 2017-18 season.
Fulks's track record of leading and developing winning players and teams has spanned multiple stops, with the latest tradition of excellence blooming in Lexington with the women's basketball program.
In her first season in Lexington in 2014-15, Fulks took the Pioneers to new heights, guiding the team to its highest national ranking in school history at 13th. Fulks began her first season in Lexington with immediate momentum as Transy posted a record of 25-3 overall and a perfect 18-0 record in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, becoming the first undefeated team in HCAC regular season history.
The 2014-15 edition of the Pioneers captured the regular season conference championship along with an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Pioneers produced two selections to the D3Hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Second Team, senior guard Nicole Coffman and junior guard Katelyn Smith. Those two players were also named to the All-HCAC First Team as Smith captured the conference MVP award in 2015.
In 2015-16, Fulks and the Pioneers completed another strong run through HCAC play, overcoming injuries to multiple key rotation players to capture third place with a 14-4 record and advancing to the conference tournament semifinals. Smith again repeated as the HCAC Conference MVP and a selection to the 2016 D3Hoops.com Great All-Region Second Team, while senior guard Shawn Kolani was named to the All-HCAC First Team and freshman guard Kristen Hayes was named to the conference's All-Freshman Team.
Fulks surpassed the 200-career win mark on February 13, 2016 with a 75-67 win against Defiance. That season, the Pioneers led the conference in 3-pointers made per game and free-throw percentage, and ranked second in field-goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, assists per game, and turnovers per game. Transylvania ranked first in field-goal percentage during conference play.
2016-17 brought another exciting season as the Pioneers posted another 20-win season despite possessing a roster with zero seniors.
The Pioneers forged through the 2016-17 season, overcoming the loss of four of five starters to graduation or injury to notch a third-place finish in HCAC play, advancing all the way to the conference tournament championship game. Junior Rachel Cox and sophomore Celia Kline were both named to the All-HCAC First Team, freshman Shelby Boyle was named to the HCAC All-Freshman team, and sophomore Kristin Hayes received All- Sportsmanship team honors.
In three seasons at Transylvania, Fulks holds a 64-19 overall record and 46-11 in HCAC regular season play.
Prior to her time at Transylvania, Fulks coached at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon for 10 years, where she built an unheralded program into an annual national contender in the Northwest Conference.
Fulks took over at Lewis & Clark prior to the 2004-05 season, inheriting a team which had 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 for one of the 20 most-improved seasons in the nation.
Under Fulks's guidance, Lewis & Clark found their place atop the Top-25 USA Today rankings for three consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2013, ranking as high as fifth nationally in 2013 on the way to a 25-4 season.
Following the 2011 season, Fulks was named NWC Coach of the Year while Lewis & Clark guard Kristina Williams earned NWC Player of the Year honors. Fulks's Pioneer squad accumulated continued 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 the Yellow Jackets improve to a 20-7 record while ranking in the nation's top-10 in field-goal and free-throw shooting percentage.
A native of Dola, Ohio, Fulks was a member of the 1997 Capital University team that reached the Final Four after capturing 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.