Lourdes didn't have to stray very far from its system to find a new baseball coach.
Dave Jenson, who has been the junior high school at Lourdes for the past nine seasons, has been hired as the Eagles' new head baseball coach.
"I'd say it's basically a life-long goal that's been realized," said Jenson, who will turn 35 in a couple of weeks.
"We're very excited to have Dave as our baseball coach," Lourdes activities director Steve Strickland said. "He's done a great job with the JV program and we a very confident that will carry over to the varsity. We think he's going to a phenomenal job for us."
Jenson takes over for Dan Herold, who resigned following the 2019 season.
"I've worked with Dan and he hired me on as the assistant," Jenson said. "I'm looking forward to carrying on all the things he instilled."
Herold coached the Eagles for 11 seasons and guided the team to a pair of Class AA state berths in that span, taking fourth and fifth in the two state tournaments. He finished with a record of 190-73.
Lourdes is coming off a stellar 24-2 record in 2019 and a Hiawatha Valley League championship. The Eagles were 22-0 in the regular season but were 2-2 in Section 1AA play and were eliminated in the semifinals.
Jenson hopes to make a smooth transition to the varsity level. He said he has currently coached all the Lourdes players who will be at the varsity level next season. He is also a junior high football coach at Lourdes and an assistant for the varsity staff.
He is a 2003 Red Wing grad who played both baseball and football for the Wingers. He went on to the University of St. Thomas where he was on the baseball team for two years, but never appeared in a varsity game. He then transferred to the University of Minnesota, where he got his degree in biology. Jenson currently teaches biology at Lourdes.
"It's going to be awesome to have a coach in the building," Stickland said.