New volleyball coach brings winning tradition
Successful programs breed successful people, or so John Carroll hopes after tapping Laura Jensen to be the sixth head coach in the 42-year history of its volleyball program. This past November, Jensen was the top assistant coach for Wittenberg University, which won the 2011 NCAA Division III national title.
A native of Minnesota, Jensen graduated with a degree in health care administration from Kent State University. As a volleyball player there, she earned four varsity letters from 2004-07.
During her time at Wittenberg, she helped the Tigers win three North Coast Athletic Conference regular season titles, three NCAC Tournament championships, and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. In her three seasons, the Tigers amassed a record of 93-14, including a 45-1 mark in conference play.
“I’m excited to start building the foundation for a volleyball program that’s successful not only on the court, but in the classroom and community as well,” Jensen says. “With top-notch academic offerings, beautiful facilities, and support for athletics, many key pieces are in place to help John Carroll compete for conference championships.”
With a packed house that included many former players and coaches, the men’s basketball team reached a historic milestone Jan. 28, notching the program’s 1,000th win by defeating Ohio Northern, 83-56. The oldest intercollegiate varsity sport at John Carroll – or St. Ignatius College as it was known at the time – began as a hastily arranged program that played 14 games during the 1919-1920 school year. The first contest was a 29-17 victory over the Forest City Knights of Columbus. From those humble beginnings, a Division III regional power has emerged that was able to celebrate a millenary victory on its home floor.
“I attribute this milestone to so many players, administrators, and great assistant coaches,” says Mike Moran, who has been the head coach in more than 360 games. “It’s a reflection of the players who have come before … in which one team passes the baton to the next.”
Dec. 2, 1972 – JCU wrestled Ohio State and Bowling Green in a triangular meet, which was the first time Carroll went head-to-head with these big-time programs. The host Blue Streaks beat the Buckeyes 23-14 and Bowling Green 33-8.
1992 – The volleyball team started the season winning its first 17 matches on the way to a 33-3 record and the program’s first Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) title. The 33 wins and 17 consecutive wins still stand as records.
1962 – The Blue Streaks football team posted the second undefeated season in school history. They shut out their final five opponents: Allegheny (26-0), Western Reserve (7-0), Case Tech (44-0), Thiel (12-0) and Washington & Jefferson (13-0). The starting defense gave up one touchdown all year.
Feb. 20, 1962 – Ray Maria ’62 scored 45 points in a 108-57 victory over Allegheny, which is the greatest scoring performance in men’s basketball history. Maria’s achieved his record without the benefit of a three-point line.
1977 – Thanks to titles by David Jones ’78 in the long and triple jump and Jack Corrigan in the pole vault, the men’s track and field team captured its third Presidents’ Athletic Conference title. The team didn’t win the conference again until 2002 when it was in the OAC.