Jack Jensen

John E. “Jack” Jensen

(1938-2010)

Jack Jensen

Jack Jensen, a 1961 Wake Forest University graduate, played on the 1960-1961 ACC championship basketball team. After serving as the head coach for boys’ basketball at Elkin High School, Jensen joined Guilford College in 1965 and spent the next 45 years there as a teacher and as one of the most decorated coaches in the school’s history. Jensen coached four of the school’s five national championship teams; three of his golf squads won national titles (1989, 2002, and 2005); won 386 games in 29 seasons as the Quaker’s head men’s basketball coach; and guided the 1972-1973 team to the NAIA National Championship which was Guilford’s first in any sport. Jensen was a member of the NAIA, North Carolina Sports, Golf Coaches Association of America, and Guilford College Sports halls of fame. Jensen was the second person to coach two different sports to NAIA national titles and also earned national coach of the year. In 1990-1991, Jensen helped the Quakers transition from NAIA competition to the NCAA Division III ranks.

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