In 2016, Blankenship joined the Eagle program from Queens University in Charlotte where she coached the Royals the past three seasons. Queens flourished under Blankenship, winning three consecutive South Atlantic Conference Tournament titles and making the program's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 which included a first-round victory and appearance in the Elite Eight.
"I am incredibly excited to lead the women's lacrosse program at Winthrop University," Blankenship said. "John Sung and his staff have done an amazing job starting the program and developing them into a highly competitive team. I would like to thank Tom Hickman and Ken Halpin for this opportunity. Ken's vision for the athletic department is inspiring and parallels my mission for the program. The current state of the program, the future of the University, and the administration's commitment to success made this an offer I could not refuse. I look forward to the continued success of our program in the classroom, in the community, and on the field."
In three years at the helm of the Royals, Blankenship compiled a 44-12 overall record and a perfect 22-0 conference record. She was twice named the South Atlantic Coach of the Year and her squad earned a top 15 ranking each of her three seasons.
"What stood out with Julika was her commitment to preparation, irrefutable results as a coach, and her clear passion for the experience of her student-athletes," Halpin said. "I am confident she can build on the amazing success established by Coach Sung and am excited to see where her leadership takes our lacrosse program."
Prior to her stint at Queens, Blankenship guided the women's lacrosse program at Washington College in Maryland for five seasons, amassing a 49-32 overall record. She started her collegiate coaching career at University of California-Davis where she was an assistant coach for one year.
As a student-athlete, Blankenship had a standout career at Gettysburg College. She finished her career as the all-time leader in both points and assists. As a senior captain, she led the Bullets to their third consecutive Centennial Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals in 2004. She was named a first team All-American by the IWLCA/US Lacrosse, Inside Lacrosse, and Womenslacrosse.com and was selected as the Centennial Conference and ECAC Southern Player of the Year. Blankenship, who was also a second team Inside Lacrosse All-American as a junior, put up back-to-back 100-point seasons in her final two years with the Bullets, breaking the single-season school record for assists in each of those seasons.
Blankenship earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Gettysburg College in 2004 and earned a master's degree in psychology from Washington College in 2008.