Decorah native John Jaeger inducted into Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame

Posted: Tues, Oct 13, 2020 10:34 AM

2005 Luther College graduate John Jaeger, a four-year letter winner in both football and baseball, has been inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame
 
Jaeger was a three-time all-conference linebacker for the Luther football team.  He tallied 290 career tackles, which ranked first all-time when he graduated. Twice he was selected All-West Region and was named Luther's team MVP (2003, 2004). He was also named Special Teams Player of the Year (2001). He averaged 34.5 yards per punt during his career and his 5,562 yards ranks third all-time.
 
After four years in a Norse baseball uniform, Jaeger ranked first all-time in nine career statistical categories. This list included batting average (.384), hits (200), runs scored (137), RBI (127), doubles (40), home runs (26), slugging percentage (.622), pitching appearances (43) and saves (7).  He was selected first-team all-conference as a utility player (2004) and third baseman (2005).
 
A 2001 graduate of Decorah High School, Jaeger and his wife,2007 Luther graduate Carrie (Beaver) Jaeger, live in Ottumwa, with their three children, 9-year-old Harper, 7-year-old Elise and 6-year-old Jensen.
 
Jaeger joined the Ottumwa High School staff in 2012 and is a physical education instructor. He is also coaching middle school wrestling and is the head baseball coach. He also serves on the Babe Ruth World Series Committee and the Babe Ruth Board in Ottumwa.