Life of a Brave: Unsung Hero, Bosco’s Director of Football Operations Mrs. Jessie Christensen
by Sione Hala
Bosco’s own Jessie Christensen is an absolute necessity for the football program’s success. She works hard every day on a variety of tasks to ensure the team is prepared on and off the field.
Graduating from St. Joseph High School, Mrs. Christensen started off her career professionally in the NFL and the NBA, working many years in in-game entertainment that included ten years with the Los Angeles Clippers. There, she learned everything about game day productions and ticket sales to the type of music to play to pump up a crowd.
“For the game itself, I have to prepare a manifesto of sorts, with all the elements like: Is this good music? Is it cheerleaders? Is it the video board? It’s all stuff I learned when I was working for the NFL,” said Mrs. Christensen.
Head Football Coach Jason Negro is extremely thankful to have her on board. She does everything no one wants to do, and Coach Negro and the rest of the coaching staff at Bosco all know that she is a necessity.
“She started in our program back in 2013. Her presence alone elevated us to a level to become a national brand. The experience that she brought and her commitment to excellence are two things that really elevated the entire profile of our program,” said Coach Negro.
When she arrived at Bosco, she immediately got started molding Bosco Football into a household name. Bosco’s exhilarating Friday night lights are as bright as they are due to the vision and efforts of Mrs. Christensen.
She balances ESPN producers and their satellite trucks every game day. She deals with over 50 volunteers every Friday for all the merchandise and security. And she gets all the music and entertainment ready for every game.
“In 2013, Coach Negro called me and created my position because this program was getting bigger. And they developed this position to help manage the program because everything was going great on the football field, but they needed to organize all the other pieces, and he couldn’t do all of it,” said Mrs. Christensen.
In addition to game day and daily program operations, she organizes all the team’s out of state trips and the team meals every Friday. Mrs. Christensen has also been known to tutor in Spanish to players who were struggling.
The experience she brings to the table has only helped elevate the Bosco Football program, from supporting the head coach and players as well as other assistant coaches and program staff.
“Jessie is the glue that holds Bosco football together. You don’t see it holding the foundation together, but it’s definitely there. She arranges how we travel, the equipment we use, all the team meals, everything we need to do to perform on a Friday night except on the football field,” said assistant coach Kyle Trudell.