Vanderjagts doing well in Scottsdale

Mike special teams coach for state championship football team

Right: Mike Vanderjagt, center, with two other coaches for the Saguaro High School football team that won the state Division III championship. Vanderjagt served as its special teams coach. His son Jay led he freshman team to an 8-1 record. The Vanderjagts moved from Marco Island last summer.
Below: Jay Vanderjagt looks down field to make a throw for his Saguaro freshmen team in Scottsdale. Mike and Janalyn Vanderjagt moved to Scottsdale to improve Jay’s athletic opportunities.

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Right: Mike Vanderjagt, center, with two other coaches for the Saguaro High School football team that won the state Division III championship. Vanderjagt served as its special teams coach. His son Jay led he freshman team to an 8-1 record. The Vanderjagts moved from Marco Island last summer. Below: Jay Vanderjagt looks down field to make a throw for his Saguaro freshmen team in Scottsdale. Mike and Janalyn Vanderjagt moved to Scottsdale to improve Jay’s athletic opportunities.

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Jay Vanderjagt looks down field to make a throw for his Saguaro freshmen team in Scottsdale. Mike and Janalyn Vanderjagt moved to Scottsdale to improve Jay’s athletic opportunities.  Jay led his freshman football team and Mike coached the special teams for the varsity which won the state championship.

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Mike Vanderjagt/special to the eagle Jay Vanderjagt looks down field to make a throw for his Saguaro freshmen team in Scottsdale. Mike and Janalyn Vanderjagt moved to Scottsdale to improve Jay’s athletic opportunities. Jay led his freshman football team and Mike coached the special teams for the varsity which won the state championship.

Mike Vanderjagt moved his family to Scottsdale, Ariz., last summer to help his son’s athletic potential.

It worked. For Jay and Mike.

A freshman, Jay led the Saguaro High School freshman football team, and started one game for the junior varsity.

His freshman team went 8-1 as Jay completed 59 of 96 passes for 955 yards and 15 touchdowns, with only five interceptions. He ran the ball seven times, gaining 113 yards.

“Jay loves it here and has fit in nicely,” Mike said.

It is also a nice fit for Mike and wife, Janalyn.

Mike became the special teams coach for the Saguaro varsity team. He already had a tie-in to the father of head coach Jason Mohns.

“The head coach’s dad was general manager in Toronto when I played (there) in the Canadian Football League,” Vanderjagt said. “I felt a small connection to the school.”

The Vanderjagts were welcomed into the program, and are very happy to be a part.

“It’s a powerhouse of a football program,” Mike said.

The school has won six of the last eight Division III state championships. The division has schools with enrollments of 1,200 to 1,800 students.

Mohns is very pleased to have Vanderjagt on his staff.

“He worked with the kickers and punters, doing a really good job,” Mohns said. “As the year went on, Mike worked with a freshman kicker who will become a special player as he grew a ton under Mike’s tutelage. Mike ran all facets of the special teams, including kick and punt returners.”

Mohns also looks forward to working with Jay.

“He’s gaining maturity and will keep growing,” Mohns said. “He already is sound mechanically.”

While Mohns said Vanderjagt is mobile and runs well, he sees the freshman more as a mobile pocket-type passer. “I really see how fluid he is when I watch him in basketball,” Mohns said.

Mike Vanderjagt said a late thumb injury in football got Jay off to a slow start in basketball. He plays on the freshman team, and varsity at times.

Mohns likes his football team’s chances to repeat as state champions, especially with running back Christian Kirk, who is a five-star recruit with 25 Division I offers. He not only plays running back, but also is a receiver and defensive back.

“Teams like Notre Dame and Ohio State are the caliber of teams looking at Christian,” Mohns said.

He sees Jay Vanderjagt and junior Kare Lyle as his two quarterbacks, giving Vanderjagt time to develop.

“We also have five to six returners on both sides of the ball,” Mohns said. “We have the opportunity to win again. We are capable.”

The varsity team was honored at the Arizona Cardinals-San Francisco 49ers game on Dec. 29. Mike also surprised Jay with tickets for the BCS championship game between Auburn and Florida State, won by Florida State on Monday night. He was able to purchase tickets through friend Cliff Robinson of Naples, an Auburn grad.

Not a bad start for 2014.

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Comments » 13

2themoon writes:

Thank GOD!! finally some news from the Mike Vanderjerk front. Marconews GOOD job on this in-depth piece of reporting..

RayPray writes:

in response to 2themoon:

Thank GOD!! finally some news from the Mike Vanderjerk front. Marconews GOOD job on this in-depth piece of reporting..

Just the type of in-depth investigative journalism to get nominated for a Pulitzer!

1Paradiselost writes:

Another family moves off Marco Island! Why are so many leaving?

Brisla writes:

Plenty of us wish you guys would come back to Marco. Not everybody here is an idiot...it just seems that way sometimes!

Brisla writes:

Thanks for the update, Roger.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

Another family moves off Marco Island! Why are so many leaving?

Take o look to this blogs. This open-minded environment is scaring. People like Hitler satires or a police chief is out of control, all the scandals and dramas, a city council not existed anymore and some other bad news scares people away. To bad but true.

RayPray writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

Take o look to this blogs. This open-minded environment is scaring. People like Hitler satires or a police chief is out of control, all the scandals and dramas, a city council not existed anymore and some other bad news scares people away. To bad but true.

"This open-minded environment is scaring."

>>> So true, but would Mike even remember who this Hitler guy was & what team signed him?

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

Seriously.......
Who Cares!!!!!!!!!!!!

marcoislander writes:

in response to happyhorowitz34145:

Seriously.......
Who Cares!!!!!!!!!!!!

SO SO True. who cares

Tom_Massie writes:

This so called news article could have been handled with an e-mail between Vanderjagt and his drinking buddies.

Why was it considered news for all of us?

Mayor_McCheese writes:

The guy moves 2,000 miles away to improve his kid's opportunities in HS football? Seriously??

There has got to be much more to this story.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

This so called news article could have been handled with an e-mail between Vanderjagt and his drinking buddies.

Why was it considered news for all of us?

Tom, Because the flower club doe's not meet until next week!

Where's the story about The Marco River Marina (Rose Marina) being sold to The Marriott? I brought this up last week.. Anybody else?

Why is this newspaper not doing it's job and holding back this story?

Could this have anything to do with the recent city pending building approvals at the marina?

Brisla writes:

in response to marcoislander:

SO SO True. who cares

Apparently, you folks do. You read the article.

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