On July 1st 2014, Jeff Jacobs was named Director of Cross Country/Track & Field for both the men's and women's programs. For the 2014-15 year, Jacobs enters his 11th year overall at Coastal Carolina University, while spending the previous 10 years as the head men's cross country/track & field coach.
In the fall of 2013 Jacobs guided the men's cross country team to a win at the CCU Invitational and a fifth place finish out of 12 teams at the Big South Championship. Junior's Joseph Keitt and Evan Niciphor were named to the All-Conference Team and Dan Riff was named Freshman Runner of the Year. For the third consecutive year the squad earned USTFCCCA DI All-Academic Team status by carrying a 3.0 or higher team cumulative GPA. During Jacobs' 10 seasons at the helm of the men's cross country team, his athletes have been named to the All-Conference Team 16 times, the squad has claimed six CCU Invitational titles and earned All-Academic Team honors five times.
The 2013 outdoor track & field campaign marked the seventh runner-up team finish at the Big South Championship for the Chanticleers in Jacobs' 9th season as head coach. With a Championship coming in 2006 the team has never finished lower than third (once in 2009) at the Big South Championship under Jacobs leadership. At the 2013 Big South Championship, athletes earned 13 All-conference honors and three conference titles. Three individuals and the 4x400m relay represented the Chanticleers at the NCAA East Preliminary round and two freshmen qualified for the USATF Junior (under 20) National championships. Finally a Chant was named Big South Athlete of the Week five times during the season.
During the 2012 cross country season the team won the CCU Invitational and finished sixth out of 12 at the Big South Championship. Joseph Keitt earned All-Conference status with a 10th place finish and Kyle Kling was named to the All-Academic Team. In addition Kling was granted the NCAA student-athlete Post-Graduate Award. The team earned USTFCCCA DI All-Academic Team honors with a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
Under Jacobs, the men's track and field team notched its third consecutive runner-up finish in the Big South Championships in 2012. Jacobs coached three Big South individual champions and nine all-conference honorees during the season.
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 meets, including the Big South Championship and NCAA Southeast Regional.
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 Jensen 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 country 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 remained a competitive long-distance runner post-collegiately. He won his age group and finished 4th overall in the 2006 Myrtle Beach Marathon in a time of 2:37:04 at the age of 39. 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 2013, and served a previous term from July 2008-June of 2010.
Jacobs has been very active as well in the local track & field community. In 2008 he was a co-founder of the Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club and served as the first President of the non-profit organization that mainly serves youth athletes from January of 2009-December of 2010. Jacobs also served on the local organizing committees for the 2011 USATF World Youth Trials and USATF Youth National Championships held at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium and was on the LOC and designed the course for the 2011 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship held at Whispering Pines GC in Myrtle Beach.