Nate Jensen was named Manchester University's 15th head coach in January 2016. His resume with the Spartans to date is an impressive one as the program turned in a 6-4 record in 2017 marking the fourth outright winning season since 1997; 22 student-athletes have been recognized by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for postseason awards including four first teamers and one Special Teams Player of the Year (Dakota Nelson, 2017); one student-athlete has earned regional and national accolades (Dakota Nelson, D3Football.com) as the school's seventh gridiron All-American; and the Black and Gold has shone in the classroom, too, with four individuals being named National Football Foundation Hampshire Society honorees and one (Eric Beard, 2017-18) registering national semifinalist merit on the NFF's Scholar-Athlete of the Year process which entailed a trip to the Campbell Trophy Summit in Silicon Valley as part of the award's top honorees in August 2018.
He's no stranger to the Spartans’ program. Jensen was on 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 and, due in large part to his leadership as a defensive line and linebackers coach, turned into one of the league’s top defensive units.
After graduation and serving for five seasons on the Spartans’ staff, he went back to Defiance College, his alma mater, where he was the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for three seasons. 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 during the 2009 and 2010 seasons and had one all-region and All-American honoree after the 2010 campaign. From there, he moved to Alma College of Michigan where he was the Scots’ defensive coordinator for four years. Under his tutelage, seven AC defensive players earned All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors, including two first-team selections in 2014 and 2015 and the conference’s Most Valuable Player this past fall. Jensen has also seen football success on the field. During his collegiate playing career for Defiance, he was a three-year starter at defensive end and started on 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.