Jan Jensen is in her 21st season with the Iowa women’s basketball team and her 18th 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 is in her 32nd season in women’s college basketball (player and coach).
THE JENSEN FILE
- Helped guide Iowa to 18 postseason appearances, including 13 NCAA Tournament berths
- Guided Iowa to a postseason appearance in each of the last 12 seasons (10 NCAA, 2 WNIT)
- Helped Iowa to Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2001 and 2019 and a 2008 Big Ten Regular Season Title
- Guided Iowa to 14 upper division finishes
- Took Iowa to its first Sweet Sixteen since 1996 in 2015 and its first Elite Eight since 1993 in 2019.
Integral part of developing and maintaining top-level recruiting classes at Iowa
- Helped Iowa land:
- 8th best class in 2001 (Blue Star Index)
- 11th best class in the country in 2011 (HoopGurlz)
- 17th best class in 2015 (ESPN HoopGurlz)
- 17th best class in 2020 (ESPN HoopGurlz
- 18th best class in 2016 (Blue Star Basketball)
- 28th best class In 2014 (Blue Star Basketball)
- 33rd best class in 2008 (ESPN HoopGurlz)
- Jensen has recruited four McDonald’s All-Americans to Iowa (Samantha Logic, Lindsay Richards, Johanna Solverson, and Caitlin Clark)
IN THE POST
Under Jensen’s tutelage, Hawkeye post players have received numerous honors:
- Guided Megan Gustafson to consensus National Player of the Year, the first in Big Ten history
- Coached nine players to 19 All-Big Ten honors, including six first team selections
- Guided Megan Skouby to 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 2008 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honor
- Helped Jennie Lillis to a 2003 Kodak All-District selection
- Two players – Skouby and Krista VandeVenter – were invited to the USA Team Trials
- 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 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.
THE RISE OF MEGAN GUSTAFSON
- First Consensus National Player of the Year in conference history, winning ESPNW National Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year, Naismith Trophy, and USBWA Player of the Year (Ann Meyers Drysdale Trophy).
- 2019 Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Year
- Honda Sport Award Winner for Women’s Basketball
- Top-3 Finalist for the Honda Cup
- Lisa Leslie Award Winner and Senior CLASS Award Winner
- Consensus First Team All-American
- Wade Trophy Finalist, John R. Wooden Award Finalist, Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Semifinalist
- Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten Selection (Coaches & Media) as a senior (three-time All-Big Ten honoree; 2018, 2019
- Big Ten Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player
- Big Ten’s All-Time Leading Rebounder
- Iowa’s All-Time leading scorer and rebounder
- 23 career Big Ten Player of the Week Awards – a Big Ten record
- 13-time Big Ten Player of the Week during the 2018-19 season – a Big Ten record
- Led the nation in five categories, including points per game (27.8), field goal percentage (69.6), total points (1,001), field goals made (412), and double-doubles (33). Ranked second in defensive rebounds per game (11), and third in rebounds per game (13.4) and total rebounds (481).
- Became the fourth NCAA women’s basketball student-athlete and first ever post player to score 1,000 or more points in a single season
- Now owns 16 Iowa records (including class records)
- Academic All-Big Ten
JENSEN AT DRAKE
- Before becoming a Hawkeye, Jensen also served as Coach Bluder’s first assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Drake
- Her recruiting efforts were enough to land the Bulldogs two top-13 and two top-40 classes.
ON THE COURT
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
OFF THE COURT
- Off the court, Jensen is a leader in fundraising for the United Way of Johnson County
- Her 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
- 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’ identifies women who have made a difference in the Corridor and who are representative role models as leaders in their fields and community
- One of five 2020 LGBTQ Legacy Leader Award honorees by dsm magazine and One Iowa Leadership Institute
- Native of Kimballton, Iowa
- 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.
- Jensen and her spouse Julie Fitzpatrick, have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Janie.