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MOD Staff: Derek Jensen

Co-Owner, Executive Director

Hello MOD Squad! As an owner of the club, my core belief is that you can be compassionate AND competitive at the same time. We work hard to instill the belief that winning is a result rather than a goal - development is at the heart of everything we do.  Communication and building the complete athlete are always my first priorities.

My path to MOD began at Loyola University of Chicago, where I played on the DI mens team and earned my Masters of Business Administration. This mix of education and athletics created the comprehensive view I hold of club sports. Though I found my way onto the court occasionally at Loyola, I pride myself on the three years I spent as captain - creating a culture that I like to claim led to back to back National Championships!

Professionally, before entering the club scene, I spent my career working in the Operations and Marketing field for the Sport and Social Club and the Chicago Bears. I learned the importance of communication, connection, and organization at the highest level. It was an honor to work for companies that lead the country in their respective fields. I made the move to D1 (now MOD) in 2016 to support Shane and Andrea Davis as the club grew. And the rest, as they say, is history!

I currently reside in Evanston, IL with my fiance Kourtney and pup, Sully. 


Playing & Coaching Experience

  • Growing up in the West Suburbs of Chicago, Derek played Outside Hitter for SPVB from age 11-18. His team was consistently ranked top 5 in the country, taking 2nd at the 2003 USAV Nationals and 5th in 2004 and 2005 while earning three All-American awards. He also set for his High School team, which definitely wasn't as good as his club team...
  • 2005-2009: Libero for Loyola University Chicago Men's Volleyball Team
  • 2006-2009: Captain of LUMVB, 4 times MIVA Academic All-Conference
  • 2010: Graduated from Loyola University with Masters in Business Administration
  • 2010: Graduate Assistant for Loyola Mens Volleyball
  • 2010-2014: Marketing and League Development Manager at Chicago Sport and Social Club
  • 2014/2015: Fan Marketing and Research for Chicago Bears
  • 2007-current: Division1/MOD VBC Head Coach
  • 2015-2017: Dominican University Men's Volleyball Assistant Coach
  • 2017 NCAA Elite Eight appearance for Dominican
  • 2018-present: Junior Volleyball Association Board of Directors