Dr. Juli Fulks is entering her tenth season as the head women’s basketball coach of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2022-2023, the Transylvania Pioneers won the NCAA Division III National Championship and finished with a perfect 33-0 record. During her leadership at Transylvania, Coach Fulks has guided the team to nine consecutive winning seasons with a combined record of 211-38, including six NCAA tournament bids. Additionally, the Pioneers currently hold the longest conference home winning streak in the nation, spanning more than five years, as their last Heartland Collegiate Conference loss was December 9, 2017.
Coach Fulks began her head coaching career in 2004 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. During her 10 years there, her team (also named the Pioneers) posted seven winning seasons and made three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances while attaining a national ranking of fifth in the country. Coach Fulks has been named conference Coach of the Year seven times in her career and coached several academic and athletic All-Americans.
In addition to coaching, Juli holds a master’s in education degree from Defiance College (2004) and a Ph.D. in leadership studies (2022) from the University of the Cumberlands. Her professional experience also includes speaking engagements and consultations regarding transformational leadership, aspirational culture creation, and leadership communication.
Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Juli doesn’t just have the trophies on her shelf, she shares the whys and hows of getting there. Her three pillars of showing up, working hard, and adapting, combined with practicing grace, expressing gratitude, and having a servant’s heart, led to her success and they can lead to yours, as well. Winn and Juli conclude this brilliant interview with her inspiring message for 18- to 25-year-olds, as well as profound insights for those of us who are trying to lead, manage, and coach. Whether you run a company, coach athletes, or strive to become a better parent, you can benefit from the practices that served Juli in her brilliant career.