Taking Over

by staff Jun 17, 2019

Gavilan, CA – Derek Jensen has been named as the new head coach of the Gavilan College men’s basketball team. The announcement came from Dean of Kinesiology & Athletics, Ron Hannon.

Jensen is a Gilroy native, graduate of Gilroy High School and former basketball player for Gavilan College. Before joining the coaching staff at Gavilan College as an assistant coach, he was the head coach at Christopher High School.

Describing how he feels about the position Coach Jensen said, “Having grown up in Gilroy, attending Gilroy High School and Gavilan College, this experience is extremely unique. I played basketball at Gavilan, I got my AA from Gavilan, I have assisted at Gavilan, and so now this opportunity to be head coach of the men’s basketball program at Gavilan College is very special for me and my family.”

When asked about the hire Hannon replied, “Derek’s understanding of the game, his attention to detail, and the relationships he has built with returning student-athletes as well as our recruits were important factors in our consideration.  We’re excited about having Derek continue what we’ve been building over the past two seasons within the men’s basketball program.”

After his playing career was finished at Gilroy High, Jensen played a season at San Jose City College for legendary Head Coach Percy Carr. After his freshman season, he served a two-year mission for his church in Guatemala. Upon his return, he continued his education and playing career at Gavilan College, where he received his Associates Degree in Kinesiology. Although his playing career continued at BYU Hawaii, he finished his education at CSU Monterey Bay with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology before ultimately receiving his Master’s Degree in Coaching and Administration from Concordia University in Irvine. He has spent the last five years as a physical education teacher and athletic director at Oakwood School in Morgan Hill.

When asked about this upcoming season he said, “I look forward to continued success on and off the floor. Our goals will remain centered around developing our young men in every aspect of their life.  We’re also very much interested in continuing to win championships and earning scholarships at the same time."