Lakes High didn’t have to look far to fill its boys basketball head coach vacancy. The Lancers stayed in-building, appointing Nick Jensen, a PE teacher at Lakes, as head coach.
“This is the perfect fit,” Jensen said.
Though he teaches at Lakes, Jensen, 34, has been an assistant boys basketball coach at Bellarmine Prep for the past 11 seasons. This is Jensen’s first head coaching position.
“Being in the school, I know the kids and all the success they’ve had the last five years under (former coach JoJo Rodriguez),” Jensen said. “I don’t know a better job out there to be able to step into such such a successful program.”
Jensen hasn’t wasted time getting to know the Lancers on the court. He coached the team at offseason tournaments at Franklin and Garfield high schools the past two weekends and is coaching the team in the Tacoma Community College spring league.
Jensen said he served as an assistant football coach at Lakes for a couple seasons a few years ago, but will only coach basketball.
Rodriguez resigned after the 2011-12 season. He guided the Lancers to state in each of his first five seasons, including a trip to the finals in 2008, and won the Class 3A state championship in 2011.