Marquez takes role as A.D.

Jennifer Marquez (Jorgensen) has been on every side of the athletic spectrum.

Now, the Hall of Famer will take the next step into an administrative role.

Jorgensen, who is in both the Iowa High School Girls basketball and softball Hall of Fames, is now the athletic director at Ridgeview Middle School in the Visalia Unified School District of Visalia, Calif.

“I’m excited about the combination of what I did in college,” Marquez said. “I enjoyed doing the schedules and fundraising and organizing. Now, I get to do that again.

“I’m still getting to teach P.E. classes and being involved in sports, it’s a very exciting adventure.”

Prior to becoming A.D., Marquez — a 2008 Southeast Webster-Grand graduate — was a high school math teacher who coached basketball at Golden West High School.

“I was really lucky. It was a great group of kids and coaching staff,” Marquez said. “I’m sad I’m not going to be able to coach, but I’m going to still help and be involved.

“It’s going to be different for the first time in eight years, not being around basketball.”

Marquez has been around sports since she was a toddler, traveling the road with her dad, Mike, who was the Superintendent at Southeast Webster-Grand and basketball and softball coach.

“There will definitely be a lot more time commitment,” Marquez said. “I coached cross country and track for the middle school last year, but they prefer that you don’t coach as an A.D.”

The Hall of Famer will be at a school with 800 students and oversee 10 sports: three each in the fall and winter and two each in the spring and summer.

Marquez, who played five high school sports and was all-state in four, also had a stellar career in college at Grand View University. While at Grand View, she played on two Elite Eight teams and was Midwest Collegiate Conference first team all three years and player of the year two times.

She finished as the 2012 NAIA Division II National Player of the Year. She was a WBCA two time All-American and WBCA 2012 Player of the Year finalist.

While at Southeast Webster-Grand, she racked up numerous state records on the basketball court, softball field and track.

She finished her career second on the state’s all-time scoring list with 2,708 points, and led the Eagles to state in 2006 and 2008. She is currently third behind Pocahontas Area’s Elle Ruffridge (2,951) and Rock Valley’s Deb Remmerde (2,756). She ended her basketball career being named Miss Iowa.

On the diamond, she helped lead the Eagles to the state tournament in 2005, 2007 and 2008. She was named Class 1A Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and finished her career with 380 stolen bases, believed to be a national record.

Her career totals also included a state record for hits (442) and she tied the career state record for runs (344). She was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2013.

She was also a star on the track, winning four state long jump titles.

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