Jensen enjoying coaching
Coaching swimming made a lot of sense for Cassie Jensen.
Even before she was done swimming for the Dragons, she was already working with young kids and that eventually led to an assistant coaching spot at Fargo Davies. When the Eagles needed a head coach last year, Jensen was ready and waiting.
“One thing kind of led to another. … It’s a great school and I really enjoy working with the kids,” she said. “It’s a really rewarding position especially when it gets to the end of the season and you see girls dropping time and improving.”
The Davies program is on the rise.
The Eagles qualified 21 girls for the state meet, which concludes today in Grand Forks. The future looks bright, too.
“We have 50 girls in the seventh and eighth grades and there’s quite a bit of talent there,” she said. “It’s exciting to see the growth of the team and the enthusiasm the kids have for the sport.”
Jensen went to school to be a teacher, but after graduating with a degree in health and physical education, she began working in the fitness industry and is now a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness.
“I really like it,” she said. “Between that and coaching I feel fortunate to be doing things I really enjoy.”
The seed of coaching was planted early.
Jensen was a standout swimmer for the Blue Jays under longtime coach Marney Shirley.
“She was such a great role model for all of us,” Jensen said of Shirley.
Jensen’s fondest memory with the Blue Jays will last a lifetime.
“In (2001) we won the EDC meet and I just remember how cool that was being a part of that team and the success we had,” she said. “That’s one of those things I’ll never forget.”
Helping her current team to similar heights is the new goal.
“As long as we can keep kids coming out for the sport and working hard, then I’m happy,” she said. “I think we have a bright future and that’s exciting.”
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org