|Jeff Jacobs begins his eighth year as head coach of Coastal Carolina University's men's cross country and outdoor track and field programs.
Jacobs led the Chants to a seventh place finish at the 2011 Big South Cross Country Championships as Coastal's top six finishers turned in personal-bests on the speedy course. The Chanticleers started the season with a win at the Gamecock Open as Joseph Keitt won his first collegiate meet followed by a fourth place finish at the Coastal Carolina Invitational/Big South Preview. Freshman Evan Niciphor led the Chants in five meet, including the NCAA Southeast Regional with a 10-kilometer personal-record of 32:34.2.
The 2011 track & field campaign saw Jacobs coach five All-Big South Conference honorees as Coastal turned in a runner-up finish at the Big South Championship meet. Jacques Watson claimed the third high jump crown of his career as Jason Flanagan (javelin) and Kyle Kling (10,000m) claimed runner-up finishes. Additionally, Charlie Tidwell (hammer) and Tyler Askew (long jump) turned in third place finishes at the meet. Under the mentorship of Jacobs and his staff, Watson (high jump), Flanagan (javelin), Kling (10,000m), Corey Jameson (100-meters) and the 4x100-meter relay team of Jameson, Chris Lawson, Ryan Edlich and Lenny Steed qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
The 2010 cross country season saw Jacobs lead the Chanticleers to a second place finish in the season opening Gamecock Open and a seventh place finish at the Big South Championship meet. He coached All-Big South Conference honoree Kyle Kling to top ten finishes in each race of the season including a first place finish in the Mount Olive Invitational.
Jacobs guided the track team to a second place finish at the 2010 Big South Championship meet and produced five Big South Champions. Additionally, eight of Jacobs' student-athletes advanced to the NCAA East Regional. He also coached Jason Jenson who was named to the Big South All-Academic team, USTFCCCA All-Academic team and garnered two Big South Conference field athlete of the week honors.
Jacobs coached the Chanticleers to a great start, winning the first two meets of the 2009 cross country season. In the Big South Cross Country Championships, the Chants ran to a third place finish with three runners (Jamie McCarthy, Kyle Kling, and Max Hacker) coming in the top ten and earning All-Big South. Kling also earned a place on the Big South All-Academic Team.
For the 2009 track and field season, Jacobs oversaw the team to a third-place Big South finish and saw five members of his squad qualify for NCAA East Regional. He coached Jacques Watson to a 14th-place finish in the NCAA Nationals and a 12th place finish at the USA Track and Field Nationals. Jacobs also saw two throwers qualify for the USATF Junior National Qualifiers (under 20), with Mark Manno and Jason Jensen placing in the top-10.
In the 2008 track and field season, Jacobs saw seven members of his squad qualify for NCAA East Regional. At the Big South Conference Championship, the Chanticleers came away with five individual titles, including Coastal Carolina's first ever Big South high jump crown.
During the 2007 cross country season, Jacobs guided the Chanticleers to their third consecutive CCU Invitational title, placing four runners in the top five. Coastal finished sixth in the team standings at the New Balance Big South Conference Championships. Blair Paul was named to both the All-Conference and All-Academic teams.
Jacobs led the 2007 track and field team to a record setting season. The squad re-wrote most of the school record book, setting 10 school records. Meanwhile, Thomas Jordan set a new facility record in the javelin at the Big South Championships. CCU claimed two individual champions at the Big South Championships en route to a runner-up team finish. Coastal registered 15 All-Conference athletes and five regional qualifiers, while Jerome Simpson qualified for the NCAA Championships in the long jump.
Jacobs led the 2006 cross country team to a second-place finish at the Big South Championships, coaching two athletes to All-Conference honors, one to the All-Academic team and the Big South Freshman of the Year in Jamie McCarthy. The Chanticleers spent the majority of the season ranked 10th in the Southeast Region and sent seven runners to the Regional meet where they finished 18th in the team standings. The team claimed first place in both the Covered Bridge Open and the CCU Invitational.
The 2006 track season was a banner year for Jacobs' program at Coastal. The squad captured just the second Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship in school history, scoring 205 points. In the course of the meet, 14 CCU athletes posted All-Conference performances, including five conference champions and the Big South Freshman of the Year Tyrone Murphy. Jacobs also earned Co-Coach of the Year honors and had five athletes qualify for the NCAA East Regional Championships. From there, Jordan advanced to the NCAA Championships in the javelin and became just Coastal's second track and field All-American.
In his first year at the helm, Jacobs guided the Chanticleer track and field team to a runner-up finish in the Big South Championships as 11 athletes had All-Conference finishes, including three conference champions. Three athletes qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships, and two advanced to the NCAA National Championships, including Mark Johnson in the pole vault, who became first All-American in program history. Seven school records were established during the 2005 season.
Jacobs came to Coastal from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he served as the assistant men's and women's track and field and cross country coach since the fall of 1999.
Jacobs began his coaching career during the 1991-1992 season as an assistant at UCSB with the men's cross country team. He took a few years away from the sport before rejoining the Gauchos during the fall of 1999 as an assistant.
During his time with the Gauchos, Jacobs coached the UCSB distance runners to school records in the women's 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase, 10,000 meters and the distance medley relay. Under Jacobs' guidance, men's records were also set in the 800 meters and 10,000 meters. Two athletes achieved All-American status during Jacobs tenure, with one in men's cross county in 2001 and another in women's track and field in 2003.
UCSB also achieved great team success as the men's cross country squad qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in 200 1, finishing 17th. The women also made their mark in 2003, making their first-ever trip to the NCAA Championships, finishing 29th. In 2004, four Gaucho distance runners qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Besides his assistant coaching duties with UCSB, Jacobs also worked for a local financial planning organization for five years.
Jacobs was an accomplished athlete with the Gauchos, capturing the cross country team's MVP award in three seasons as well as being named All-Conference in 1988. His best 5,000 meter time in college was 14:34.11.
Jacobs remains a competitive long-distance runner. He finished 25th out of 15,000 runners at the 33rd annual "Wharf to Wharf" six-mile race at Santa Cruz in July of 2005. He won the CCU Homecoming 5k in November of 2004 in a course-record time of 15:40. He set the course record of 1:30.29 in the 2000 "Pier to Peak" Half Marathon, a 4,000-foot elevation climb. Jacobs captured the individual crown in the 2000 Santa Barbara Half Marathon with a time of 1:12:12. In 1991, Jacobs won "The People's Race" in Carlsbad, Calif., posting a 5,000-meter road personal best time of 14:23. His best 10,000 meter track time remains at 30:22.63, which he set in March 1997. His best half marathon time is 1:09:24 and his best marathon time is 2:33:57.
Jacobs earned his bachelor of arts degree in communication studies at UC-Santa Barbara in 1992 and also completed the Coaching Certification Program at UCSB. Jacobs is a certified USATF Level II Coach in both endurance and sprints and hurdles. Jacobs also serves as Big South Conference Track and Field Coaches Chair and NCAA DI Executive Committee Representative for the USTFCCCA since July 2008.