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Former Carbon High standout tapped to lead Dinos program

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Jan Jorgenson, a former BYU defensive lineman and MMA fighter, will return home to coach CHS football team

A former Carbon High standout football star and athlete was tapped to help lead the Dinos program after years of losing records.

Jan Jorgensen, who competed on CHS football teams from 2000-03 was named the new head football coach at Carbon High School last week.

Jorgensen will replace former head coach Jeff Blanc who stepped down earlier this year after coaching the Dinos for four seasons, compiling a record of 6-33.

Jorgensen was a standout player for the team and was All-State in football for two years. He also won a state championship in wrestling during his senior year in the one season he participated in the sport.

Jorgensen also played as the center on the basketball team and competed on the baseball team, which produced a state champion during that time.

He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boise, Idaho for two years before he went on to play college football at Brigham Young University, where he was one of the key players on the squad on the defensive line.

"We think he is the right guy for the job," said Carbon School District Superintendent Steve Carlsen, a former Cougar football player himself, on Friday afternoon. "What we need is someone who can bring more kids out for the football program and we believe Jan is that person."

Hard-nosed play is something the CHS football team will need to learn as Jorgensen played on the defensive line for the Cougars, battling in the trenches on every play while in the game.

After football, Jorgensen competed in Mixed Martial Arts compiling a record of 6-0 going by the nicknames including "The Saint" and "Janimal".

Jorgensen will also teach social studies at the school. He will be the first coach of the team in a long time that is also teaching at the school.

He will assume his football duties this summer in getting the team ready for his first season as head coach.

Reporter Kevin Scannell contributed to this story.

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