Juli Fulks took over as head women’s basketball coach for the 2004-05 season. Fulks took a 1-15 (in the NWC) team in 04-05 and turned it into one of the twenty most-improved teams in the country in 05-06 and to a playoff contender in 2006-07. In 2007-08, she guided the women's basketball team to their first post-season appearance since the Pioneers became a member of the NCAA.
The 2011-12 Pioneers finished the season with a 25-4 overall, 14-2 NWC record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament, the farthest the women's basketball team has ever competed in the postseason. The Pioneers finished the season ranked #9 in the nation, having been ranked as high as #7, with their only losses attributed to George Fox, who went on to play in the National Championship. Fulks has now led L&C to three consecutive playoff appearances and four total.
During the 2010-11 season, Fulks finished the regular season with her best season as head coach of the Pioneers, earning her first 20 win season. The Pioneers had not finished a season with 20+ wins since 1993-94 when they earned a conference championship. Fulks has now led the Pioneers to back-to-back playoff appearances (2009-10 & 2010-11). Under Fulks, the Pioneers have reached the playoffs three times, earning their first post-season victory over the Whitman Missionaries on Feb. 19, 2011.
Following the conclusion of the 2010-11 NWC season Fulks earned her first Coach of the Year honor, while coaching the Pioneers first ever NWC Player of the Year (Kristina Williams). The Pioneers earned their first ever NCAA Division III National Tournament birth during the 2010-11 season, earning a first-round trip to Iowa where they faced off against Howard Payne.
For the past three years, Fulks has been a volunteer coach with
the Understand the Game program, founded by former NBA All-Star
Detlef Schrempf. Working with the US State Department, this
basketball diplomacy exchange program that promotes positive
aspects of American culture around the world and has taken Fulks to
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in September 2005 and to Rabat, Morocco in
August 2006, and Amman, Jordan in August of 2008 to work with local
youth basketball camps.
Fulks came to Lewis & Clark for the 2004-05 basketball season from NCAA Division III Defiance College (Defiance, Ohio). With Fulks as an assistant coach, the Defiance Yellow Jackets finished the 2003-04 campaign with a 20-7 record, eight games better than their 2002-03 finish. The Yellow Jackets ranked in the top ten in the nation in team field goal and free throw shooting percentages. Fulks also served as assistant softball coach, guiding her team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in school history in 2004.
Prior to her tenure at Defiance, Fulks was an assistant varsity basketball coach at Westerville North while also working as freshman coach in 2000-2001 and junior varsity coach in 2001-2002.
Fulks graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a holds a master’s degree in Education from Defiance College.
While at Capital, she was a member of the Crusaders’ 1997 Final Four team. Fulks played her high school ball at Hardin Northern in Dola, Ohio, where she is still the all-time leading scorer, male or female, with more than 1,600 career points.