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Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
BYU senior defensive end Jan Jorgensen photographed on Aug.13, 2009.
I believe the best defense is played when you have a great culture. There are a lot of ways to play good defense, but the best is played with great effort. —Jan Jorgensen

Jan Jorgensen, one of BYU's best defensive ends of the last decade and a former graduate assistant coach, has accepted a job as defensive coordinator at Orange Coast Community College in California.

On Friday, driving between Barstow and Baker, California to his new job, Jorgensen explained via phone this is an opportunity for him to expand his résumé, gain experience and make more contacts to help build a future in coaching.

He said BYU assistant head coach Ed Lamb helped him get the job with a connection he had with OCCC head coach Kevin Emerson after a chat during a recruiting conversation.

"They had just lost their defensive coordinator and were looking," said Jorgensen.

Emerson was interested in Jorgensen's experience playing a three-man front under Bronco Mendenhall and his experience scheming under Lamb and defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki.

"I believe the best defense is played when you have a great culture. There are a lot of ways to play good defense, but the best is played with great effort," said Jorgensen who had 28 career sacks in his career playing at BYU.

Jorgensen has spent more than a decade around BYU as a player, coach and part-time radio host while dabbling as a cage fighter professionally. "What I'll miss the most is the players, just being around them, the type of people they are, what they do, how they live their lives, it is something I'll always remember as a great memory for me."

Jorgensen said BYU's new coaches hired by Sitake will be interesting changes. New offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes was coaching at BYU when Jorgensen played and he is very familiar with Aaron Roderick and Fesi Sitake. "I think they'll do a good job."

Orange Coast finished 2-9 with wins over Santa Monica and Palomar in a league that includes Grossmont, Canyons, Mt. San Antonio, Fullerton and Saddleback.