Moves from leading North St. Paul Polars
Joe Janquart has been hired as head boys basketball coach at Lakeville South High School.
Janquart comes to District 194 from St. Paul Schools, where under his leadership, the team went to its first state tournament in 17 years and won its first conference title in 45 years.
He was the MSHSCA Class 4A state Coach of the Year last season, an annual award voted on by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association.
Janquart previously served four years as an assistant coach at Henry Sibley High School and for three years was an assistant at North St. Paul, where he also is an elementary STEM specialist and district lead teacher.
Incoming Lakeville South Activities Director Tom Dasovich said in a news release that Janquart is known in the state and basketball community for his energy and positivity.
“His passion for doing what is best for students was clearly evident in his interview process,” Dasovich said. “Coach Janquart has a strong vision for the future of Lakeville South boys basketball. We are all very confident and excited to add him to our staff as a positive culture builder and strong program leader.”
Janquart called it “an absolute honor privilege to be part of the Lakeville South community.
“Our coaching staff will work feveriously to foster lifelong relationships on and off the court,” he said in the news release. “Our goal is to continue to uphold the high academic expectations of Lakeville South High School and continue the tradition of competing at a high level every night.”
He said fans can expect to see “a tremendous amount of passion and relentlessness” on the court.