Byron Jenson brings a wealth of experience in the West Coast Conference to the Lions' program, graduating from Pepperdine in 1993 after helping them to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and and an NIT appearance in his senior season.
Jenson spent two seasons with Head Coach Steve Aggers at Eastern Washington, helping the Eagles rebuild and claim the Big Sky championship in 1999-00. In his first year with the Lions, he served in a similar role as at EWU, overseeing the strength and conditioning of the Lions, organizing team travel, and the equipment, facilities and summer camps.
In his second season, he made the transition to the recruiting efforts, while handling all the team travel. Entering his fifth year at LMU, Jenson will continue to increase his role in the recruiting process while keeping with his duties in strength and conditioning. "Byron was an outstanding player at Pepperdine, played on conference championship teams and competed in the NCAA tournament. With that experience in the WCC and nationally, he brings a perspective to the game that the players will respond to," said Aggers.
Jenson's experience on the front line helped guide the Lions lead the WCC in blocks the last two seasons. In four years under Jenson, Sherman Gay grew into one of the WCC's best. Gay led the league in blocks his last two years and became the first LMU player to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors and first-team All-WCC. He also helped tutor Elton Mashack (First-Team; 2001) and Greg Lakey (Honorable Mention; 2002) to All-WCC selections.
During his playing days at Pepperdine, Jenson participated on three postseason teams that finished with a combined record of 55-18 (.753). In those three seasons the Waves won 38 consecutive conference contests, a record that still stands. The run included a 17-0 mark in 1991-92, culminating with an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament and a spot in the Midwest Regional in Milwaukee, WI.
Jenson played two seasons at UT-San Antonio before transferring to Pepperdine, where in his senior season he was an honorable mention All-WCC selection. That season the Waves advanced to the second round of the NIT before losing to cross-town rival USC.
In addition to playing at the collegiate level, Jenson played international basketball in the Australia Continental Basketball Association for four seasons, leading the professional league in rebounding in 1995 and was voted to the all-star team in 1998. He played for the Mildura Mavericks his first three seasons and finished his career with the Rockhampton Rockets in 1998.
"Byron is our position coach for all front line players and does a great job with our big guys," said Aggers. "He is organized, energetic, dedicated and a winner in all areas."
Jenson graduated from Pepperdine in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in public relations. He currently lives in Westchester near the University.