This is a loss for the entire Guilford College community, as former Guilford College basketball coach and current Guilford golf coach passed away on Sunday at age 71….
The news kind of leaves you with a sick feeling in your stomach……
This is a hit and real shock to lose the man we have known in the Guilford College community since back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s….
Jack was the man…..He took this school to the NAIA National Championship in basketball and won several golf titles too….
He is a legend to all of us that grew up in Guilford Collge and that was our town for many years before Greensboro sucked us up back in the mid-70’s….Everyone that grew up in Guilford College loved, lived and breathed Guilford College basketball and Jack Jensen was our leader after Jerry Steele left and went to the Carolina Cougars(ABA) and then over to High Point College….
WCOG, 1320AM was our radio station and as a kid I would listen to every Guilford College Quaker basketball game and to some of the football games too, but you didn’t get much return from football in those days…..
When Guilford would go to Kansas City for the NAIA National basketball tournament we could bring our radios to school at Guilford Elementary and listen to the games with Bob Kauffman, Bert Feik, Eddy Dyer, Tom Ennis, Pat Moriarity, Bo Whitaker, John Brooks, David Smith, Jerry Crocker, Teddy East, Greg Jackson, Lloyd Free, ML Carr, Steve Hankins, Ray Massengale, Robert Kent, Johnny Ralls and all the Quakers, including our communty’s beloved coach, Jack Jensen….
It was a real love affair with this team and I don’t think we’ll see anything like that ever again around here….This was, “The Team”, and Jack Jensen was our coach….
I had never met Jack as a kid, as my family did not attend games, since we lived on a farm and because we all had to work and then get up and go to school the next day, I didn’t meet “The Man”, until later years…..I always had thought that a man with his successes would be distant and come across as a big-shot, but not Jack Jensen….He was one of the nicest and most interesting people that you would ever have the chance to meet…..
Thank-you Jack Jensen for being there and for treating everyone with such class and dignity as you made your way through Guilford College history and thanks again for bringing that National Championship to our community back in the early 70’s….
RIP Jack, you deserve the rest after all the hard work you did…..