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HBCU athletic sponsorships are expanding. 

Florida Memorial named its first football coach in 61 years while announcing it will be sponsoring a beach volleyball team in the Sun Conference.

Now Hampton has named Dr. Joetta (Jodi) Jensen as its first women's triathlon coach.ham jodi jensenJensen

“It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Jensen to our athletic department,” said Hampton University Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall, Jr. “The creating of our first women’s triathlon team is another step in the vision of our President. Dr. William R. Harvey, as the standard of excellence and we look forward to seeing this team develop under Dr. Jensen.”

Jensen has been the Director of Aquatics at Hampton since 2004 where she teaches undergraduate classes in swimming, lifeguard training, water safety, First Aid and CPR. Jensen has taught all levels of swimming in all areas from children, to adults, to helping train triathletes.

“With Hampton being the first HBCU school to sponsor women’s triathlon, it is another step in the school continuing to be a leader for opportunities for women,” Jensen said. “Our first year we will be looking to build the foundation and participate in a meet in October held at Smith Mountain Lake, Va. Following a year to hit the recruiting trail, we would be looking to make an impact on the national scene in year two and beyond.”


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