Coach Pins Down Honor
March 9, Lars Jensen (B.A., '81; M.A., '87) was inducted
into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
During his 23-year tenure as SFSU's head wrestling coach, Jensen has
coached 87 NCAA Division II National Qualifiers, 50 All-Americans, 28
All-Academic Team members and nine national champions. Seven of his
teams have placed in the top ten at the nationals.
Jensen, a former Gator wrestler, qualified for the NCAA Division II
Nationals during both his junior and senior years. He also captured
the California Collegiate Wrestling Championship. In 1980, Jensen placed
first in the Northern California United States Olympic Trials and went
on to compete in the national trials.
Wrestling runs in Jensen's family. In high school, much to their parents'
chagrin, he and his twin brother, Thor, also an accomplished wrestler,
practiced wrestling holds and takedowns in their Menlo Park home. "There
were a lot of broken windows and furniture," recalls Jensen, who
says his parents were happy to see the damage subside when he and his
brother attended separate California State University campuses.