Bluejay & Lady Jay Athletics

Bluejay Football:  Coaching Staff

linderJeff Linder
Head Coach

Jeff Linder is entering his 20th year as head coach of the Minnesota West Bluejays. Coach Linder has been the recipient of the Southern Division Coach of the Year award five times. In addition, he was named by the Minnesota Vikings as the 2004 College Coach of the Year. Coach Linder is a graduate of Worthington High School and Worthington Community College. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Bemidji State University and a Masters of Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy. While in high school, he was an All-Southwest Conference pick in football and was voted Most Valuable lineman by his teammates.

laisGene Lais
Assistant Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line

Gene Lais is in his 24thd year as an assistant coach with the Bluejays. Gene played two seasons of football for the Bluejays. He completed his B.S. degree at Mankato State University and is employed as a teacher at Worthington High School.

barberScott Barber
Assistant Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs, Linebackers

Scott Barber is in his 19th year as an assistant coach for the Bluejays. He played two seasons of football for the Bluejays. Coach Barber completed his B.S. Degree in Social Studies at Mankato State University and his Master’s Degree in Education at Southwest State University. He has been teaching at the Worthington Middle School for the last twenty years.


bassettSteve Bassett
Assistant Coach, Wide Receivers

Steve Bassett is in his 14th year as a community volunteer with the Bluejays. He played football for the Bluejays in 1969 prior to being drafted by the United States Army. Coach Bassett then served two years in Korea. He also coaches softball at Minnesota West.


holinkaBrad Holinka
Assistant Coach, Backs and Quarterbacks

Brad Holinka is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Bluejays. Brad was a three-sport athlete at Minnesota West. After two years as a Bluejay, Brad continued his athletic career at Mankato State University as a member of their football team. Brad received a degree in Physical Education and is in his 32nd year of teaching at Fulda High School.



Joel Krekelberg

Joel Krekelberg “Krek” is in his 28th season as athletic trainer for the Bluejays. After graduating from Mankato State University in 1978, he spent two summers with the New Orleans Saints. Following that, he worked seven years with the NFL Houston Oilers. In 1985, he returned to Worthington where he is a real estate appraiser. Krekelberg is the athletic trainer for all sports at Minnesota West as well as for Worthington High School.