Jensen to receive prestigous drake award

Feb. 12, 2007

Iowa Associate Head Coach Jan Jensen will be one of four former Drake student-athletes to receive the Drake Double D Award Saturday night in Des Moines. Jensen joins Mike Murphy, Dr. Jack Stapleton and Jim Stalnaker as this year’s honorees.

The award is presented annually to Drake letterwinners for achievements in their chosen fields or endeavor and/or community service since leaving Drake. The Double D Award is the highest honor Drake bestows on its student-athletes. Since its inception in 1968, the Double D honor has been presented to 221 former Drake letterwinners.

Jensen graduated from Drake in 1991 with a degree in public relations, while earning her Masters in Higher Education in 1996. She is one of only two Drake players to have their number retired in the Knapp Center. Jensen ranks fourth on Drake’s all-time scoring list, third in field goal percentage and fifth in steals and rebounds. As a senior in 1990-91, she led the nation in scoring (29.6) and was named Academic All-American National Player of the Year by GTE/CoSIDA. Jensen was also named the Most Valuable Player in the Gateway Conference, while earning honorable mention all-American accolades by Kodak.

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 also inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jensen is in her seventh season as an assistant coach with the Iowa women’s basketball team, including her fourth as associate head coach. The native of Kimballton, IA, also served as an assistant coach at Drake.