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Head football coach Nate Jensen will be entering his fourth season guiding the Spartans in 2019.
The Manchester football program has seen continued growth, both on and off the field, under Jensen’s leadership. 31 Spartans have earned All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors over the last three seasons. Four Spartans have been D3Football.com All-North Region honorees and Manchester University has had back-to-back seasons with one D3Football.com All-American (Dakota Nelson in 2017; Dillon Nelson in 2018). Dakota Nelson garnered HCAC Special Teams Most Valuable Player honors in 2017. In 2017, Jensen led the Spartans to a 6-4 record, marking the fourth outright winning season since 1997. The Spartans finished tied for third-place in the final HCAC standings.
|Coach Jensen's Record at Manchester|
|2016||2-8, 2-6 HCAC||7th|
|2017||6-4, 5-3 HCAC||T-3rd|
|2018||4-6, 4-4 HCAC||5th|
|Totals: 12-18, 11-13 HCAC|
In the classroom, Jensen has had back-to-back seasons with a National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy Semifinalist, honoring both academic and athletic excellence. Six individuals have been named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Society and one (Eric Beard, 2017-2018) was a national semifinalist for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
No stranger to the Spartans’ football program, Jensen spent five seasons former head coach Shannon Griffith’s staff from 2004-08 during which the Black and Gold had 12 players named All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on the defensive side of the ball. Jensen’s leadership as a defensive line and linebackers coach helped Manchester turn in one of the league’s top defensive units.
Jensen also spent time at Alma College in Michigan. During four seasons with the Scots, Nate served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Under his tutelage, seven AC defensive players earned All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors, including two first-team selections and the conference’s Most Valuable Player in 2015. He also spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Defiance College from 2009-2011. While at DC, Jensen coached 16 student-athletes who earned all-league honors, and the Yellow Jackets ranked second in the conference in scoring defense, rushing defense and total sacks. In 2010, the Yellow Jackets had one all-region and All-American honoree.
Jensen was a three-year starter at defensive end for Defiance, and was a member of the Yellow Jackets' conference championship squad in 2001. He played in 27 games during his career and earned All-HCAC honors as a senior, when he set career-highs with 32 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and four sacks. Jensen graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 2004. He earned a teaching certification from Manchester in 2006.
Jensen is married to former Manchester Hall of Fame soccer player Missy King. The two have one son Matthew (7).
* Last Updated - August 8, 2019