Derek Jensen and the Rams

Derek Jensen

Coach Derek Jensen and the Gavilan Rams program will look to improve this upcoming season. After a covid year where only eight teams played in the whole state, Jensen and his Gilroy based team will look to improve and be competitive. The 2nd year head coach will look to continue to develop the culture in his short time at the Northern California college. Jensen who took over the program following his brother’s departure has been coaching since the age of 21. “I enjoy leading groups and envisioned coaching as a young child,” Jensen said. It seems like it runs through the family as his brother Dallas coaches at College of the Sequoias and he grew up playing for his father. “I played for my dad and he inspired me,” added the 2nd year head coach. As for his own coaching style, Jensen mentioned Character, respect and work ethic for three staples of his culture at Gavilan. “You have to respect your teammates, teachers, and coaches and have to work hard on a daily basis,” added Jensen.

As for the recruiting process in Gilroy, the head coach wants guys that want to be at the school. “I want guys that fit in our program,” said Jensen. Versatility, and being able to play multiple positions on both ends is also key components to fit his style. As for recruiting players to the area, it has not been a tough sell to bring in players to the college. “It is not really a tough sell because I want guys who want to be here, he added. Once the players are at Gavilan it is about their future. It is about helping kids and help preparing them for their future. The Gavilan coach mentioned he has two goals for the Rams programs and it is about moving players on and winning championships. Time will tell, but one thing for sure is that the Gavilan program is in good hands and is moving forward in the right direction.