P-Way Head Coach Returned Chiefs To Prominence
PISCATAWAY, NJ–As reported in Wednesday’s Star-Ledger, Piscataway boys basketball head coach, Guy Jensen will be stepping down at the end of this season. Â The Chiefs, which are 14-12 so far this year, are still alive in the North Jersey Section 2 Group IV State Tournament after knocking off sixth seeded Dickinson of Jersey City in the opening round on Tuesday night (66-58).
In eight seasons at P-Way, Jensen has compiled a record of 130-84, won at least a share of the GMC Red three times, and won the GMCT twice in 2007 and 2009. Â During Jensen’s tenure, the Chiefs reached the GMCT final three times including last year, made the GMCT Final Four four times, and reached the GMCT Elite Eight six times. Â Piscataway reached the North Jersey Section 2 Group IV final three times with one title in 2008.
Under Jensen’s guidance, Piscataway went from a team that was 4-20 in 2005-06 to the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament champion in 2006-07. Â The following season, P-Way earned the top seed, and reached the semifinals of the 2008 GMCT before losing to Red Division rival, St. Joseph’s. Â After that tough loss, the Chiefs rebounded to defeat two time defending Group IV champion, Linden in the North Jersey Section 2 Group IV title game, and reached the Group IV state final before falling to Rancocas Valley.
In 2008-09, Piscataway returned to the GMCT Championship, and avenged the semifinal loss to St. Joseph’s the year before by defeating the Falcons for the title. Â The Chiefs built on that momentum with wins over Colonia and Columbia in the North Jersey Section 2 Group IV championship before falling to Plainfield. Â After losing to Spotswood in the GMCT Round of 16 back in 2010, P-Way returned to the final, and again faced St. Joseph’s, which was Â in the midst of its run of three straight conference tourney titles.
This season, the Chiefs had some ups and downs, but managed to reach the GMCT Elite Eight before losing to third seeded East Brunswick. Â Piscataway earned its ticket to the quarterfinals at Middlesex County College thanks to a Round of 16 victory over a Carteret team that won 20 games, and had its best season in a decade. Â Prior to taking the head coaching job at Piscataway, Jensen was an assistant coach at St. Joseph’s, where he guided the Junior Falcons JV squad to the 2002 East Brunswick/GMC JV Tournament title over Cardinal McCarrick.