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Jan Jensen
Jan  Jensen

Associate Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Drake, 1991


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Jan Jensen completed her 16th season with the Iowa women's basketball staff in 2016, her 13th as associate head coach. A nationally known presence on the recruiting scene, Jensen serves as the recruiting coordinator and also works with the post players. Jensen completed her 27th season in women's college basketball as a player and coach in 2016.

The native of Kimballton, Iowa, has helped guide Iowa to 15 postseason appearances, including 12 NCAA Tournament berths. Iowa has appeared in the postseason in each of the last nine seasons (eight NCAA and one WNIT). During her time at Iowa, the Hawkeyes have claimed the 2001 Big Ten Tournament championship and the 2008 Big Ten regular season title. She has also helped lead Iowa to 11 upper division finishes in the Big Ten and its first trip to the Sweet Sixteen since 1996 in 2015.

Jensen is integral in developing and maintaining top-level recruiting classes at Iowa. Jensen helped Iowa land the 11th best recruiting class in the country in 2011, according to ESPN HoopGurlz. In 2001, Jensen spearheaded Iowa's efforts in landing the eighth-best recruiting class in the nation according to the Blue Star Index. In 2008, Jensen and the Hawkeyes garnered the 33rd best recruiting class, according to ESPN HoopGurlz, and in 2014, Iowa landed the 28th-best class nationally, according to Blue Star Basketball. Iowa followed its Sweet Sixteen season with a 17th-best class ranking nationally in 2015 by ESPN HoopGurlz. Most recently, Jensen solidified in the 18th-best class of 2016, according to Blue Star Basketball.

Jensen has recruited three McDonald's All-Americans to Iowa (Samantha Logic, Lindsay Richards and Johanna Solverson).

Under Jensen's tutelage, Hawkeye post players have received numerous honors. She has coached seven players to a total of 15 All-Big Ten honors, including two first team selections. Megan Skouby was named the 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the 2008 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, while Jennie Lillis was a 2003 Kodak All-District selection. Skouby, along with Krista VandeVenter, were also invited to the U.S.A. Team Trials during their time at Iowa.

Most recently, Jensen mentored freshman Megan Gustafson to Big Ten All-Freshman Team accolades. She broke in to the starting lineup amidst conference action and closed the season with nine double-doubles in the final 13 contests. Gustafson also earned the program’s first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor since 2012 on Feb. 22. Jensen guided Bethany Doolittle to back-to-back second team All-Big Ten honors and Big Ten All-Tournament Team accolades in 2014 and 2015. She ended her career second all-time in blocks (278) and is the single-season blocks leader (106). In the Big Ten, Doolittle is eighth in career blocks.

Jensen coached Morgan Johnson to numerous accolades, including two second team All-Big Ten honors. Under Jensen's guidance, Johnson became Iowa's career blocks leader and finished inside the top 10 in career scoring and rebounds at Iowa.

In 2014, Jensen coached Bethany Doolittle to second-team All-Big Ten and All-Defensive team honors, as Doolittle set a new program single-season record for blocks (106) while leading the conference in the category.

In 2009-10, Iowa's post players broke school records for rebounding and blocked shots. Morgan Johnson broke the school mark for single-season blocks, while the team broke the school record for single-season rebounding.

Before becoming a Hawkeye, Jensen also served as Coach Bluder's first assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Drake University. Her recruiting efforts were enough to land the Bulldogs two top-13 and two top-40 classes.

As a player, Jensen was one of the best Bluder ever coached at Drake. During her senior year, she led the nation in scoring with 29.6 points per game and was the Gateway Conference Most Valuable Player. That year, she was a Kodak Honorable Mention All-American, a member of the All-Gateway team and the GTE Academic All-American Player of the Year. Jensen was also Sports Illustrated's National Player of the Week.

She currently ranks fourth on Drake's all-time scoring list (1,996), sixth in field goal percentage (.535) and eighth in rebounds (.750). Jensen is one of only two Drake players to have her number retired in the Knapp Center.

After college, Jensen played professionally in the European Professional Basketball League for BTV-Wuppertal in Germany. She played there from 1992-93 and helped her club win the German Club Championship. She then returned to the United States to begin her coaching career.

In 1993, Jensen was inducted to the Iowa Girls High School Basketball Hall of Fame after leading the nation in scoring, averaging 66 points per contest her senior campaign. Couple that with averaging 29.6 points per game her senior year at Drake, Jensen is one of the few players who can say they led the nation in scoring both in high school and at a Division I university.

Jensen graduated from Drake in 1991 with a degree in Public Relations. She earned her Master's in Higher Education five years later.

In February 2007, Jensen received the Drake Double D Award. The award is presented annually to Drake letterwinners for achievements in their chosen field or endeavor and/or community service since leaving Drake. The Double D Award is the highest honor Drake bestows on its student-athletes.

Off the court, Jensen is a leader in fundraising for the United Way of Johnson County. The 2006 campaign totaled over $2 million -- with a nine percent increase in donations and a 9.7 percent increase in the number of donations. In 2006, she was a recipient of the Corridor Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award. In March 2007, Jensen was named the United Way of Johnson County Volunteer of the Year for her leadership of the Emerging Philanthropists Society and the Healthy Kids School-based Clinics Initiative. She served as a co-chair for this year's United Way fundraising campaign -- the campaign totaled over $2.5 million -- and serves on the United Way board and the Shelterhouse board, in addition to working with other groups in the Iowa City community.

In the spring of 2014, Jensen was named a recipient of the `Women of Influence' Award by the Corridor Business Journal. The `Women of Influence' awards identify women who have made a difference in the Corridor and who are representative role models as leaders in their fields and community.

Jensen and her partner Julie Fitzpatrick, have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Janie.

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