John Jaeger '05

John Jaeger '05

John Jaeger ‘05

Football

  • Four-year letter winner in Football, 2001-04
  • Three-time IIAC First Team All-Conference at linebacker, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Two-time Football Gazette All-West Region, 2003, 2004
  • Two-time Luther Team MVP, 2003, 2004
  • Special Teams Player of the Year, 2001
  • Career Tackles, 290 - First at graduation
  • Career Sacks,  7.5
  • Punter, 5562 yards - 34.5 average - ranks third all-time

Baseball

  • Four-year letter winner in Baseball, 2002-05
  • Two-time IIAC All-Conference, 2004, 2005
  • Career Batting Average, .384 - First all-time
  • Career Hits, 200 – Second all-time/First at graduation
  • Career Runs Scored, 137 - Second all-time/First at graduation
  • Career RBI, 127 - Second all-time/First at graduatio
  • Career Doubles, 40 - Third all-time/First at graduation
  • Career Home Runs, 26 - Second all-time/First at graduation
  • Career Slugging %,  .622 – Second all-time/First at graduation

Pitching Career

  • Career Saves, 7 - First all-time
  • Career Games, 43 - fifth all-time/First at graduation
  • Career Innings Pitched, 190
  • Career complete games, 18 - Fourth all-time

John Jaeger grew up in Decorah, Iowa, and enrolled at Luther in 2001. He majored in physical education and health and joined the staff at Central College in Pella, Iowa, as assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator in 2006. He moved to the Madison, Wis., area in 2007 and worked briefly for Johnson Health Tech North America and then was a substitute teacher and coach in Middleton, Wis., from 2009 to 2012.  He joined the staff at Ottumwa (Iowa) High School as a physical education teacher and coach in 2012, and is currently coaching middle school wrestling and is head high school baseball coach.

Jaeger earned the BD/LD Special Endorsement from Morningside College in 2013, and the Adaptive PE Endorsement from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. He earned the master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration in 2018 from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.

He serves on the Babe Ruth World Series Committee and the Babe Ruth Board in Ottumwa.

John and his wife, Carrie (Beaver) Jaeger ’07, live in Ottumwa with their three children, Harper (9), Elise (7) and Jensen (6).