Dallas Jensen is making giant strides at Sequoias after taking over the program in 2019. The expectations were high after the Giants were fresh off an Elite Eight appearance and a second place finish in the Central Valley Conference. Stepping into the situation, it was apparent from the jump that Jensen and Sequoias were a perfect fit. “I expected to be competitive if we worked hard and bought into the culture,” said Jensen. The wins translated in his first season on the sidelines as the Giants won 24 games and did not lose a beat from the year before. Sequoias found themselves in the Elite Eight for a second consecutive season before the season was shut down due to covid 19.
Quick success is not anything new to Jensen as he was very successful turning around Gavilan in two seasons in Gilroy. Jensen put together a 51-8 record in two seasons and went undefeated in the Coast South Conference in 2018-2019. “Gavilan was a great experience and everyone there was great especially the administration,” said Jensen. Following a successful season, the head coach made the move to Visalia and picked up right where he left off. “We have great resources and a great administration at Sequoias,” said Jensen. “We have a mentorship program, a full coaching staff and a great community that backs our program,” added Jensen. These are some of things that has made Sequoias an attractive place for recruits. Jensen and his staff are open to recruiting any student athlete but players must understand that the team is bigger than the individual. Jensen describes his program as a family environment and that is very important at this level. “Academics, Ability, and attitude are three things that are very valuable to our program,” said Jensen.
The coaching staff at Sequoias also values moving guys on to the next level. California junior college is overlooked by a lot of four year programs around the nation but that doesn’t stop Jensen and staff from moving guys on. “Our program speaks for itself and we look for ways to get exposure,” said Jensen. The central California school has had a lot of success and Visalia is on the map. Coach Jensen and the Giants will look to have another winning campaign as the season approaches. “The Central Valley Conference is extremely strong,” said Jensen. Fresno, Columbia, and Sequoias are frequent visitors of the post season. “We will worry about ourselves as we want to win a conference title, earn a top 4 seed in Norcal and get back to the Elite Eight,” added Jensen.