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Former MCC Head Football Coach Mike Jacobs Passes Away

Coach Mike Jacobs walks with his Mesa men during practice August, 2008

Long, decorated career comes to an end too soon

A long-tenured and skilled football man lost his battle with kidney disease. 

Coach Mike Jacobs passed away Friday in a Pittsburgh-area hospital after battling health issues with his kidneys. 

Coach Jacobs coached the offense under Coach Dan Dunn at Mesa Community College in 2007, the year the Thunderbirds won the Valley of the Sun Bowl over the Fort Scott, KS Greyhounds. 

After the 2007 season, Coach Dunn retired and Coach Jacobs took the reins as Head Coach for Mesa.  He served one year as Head Coach for Mesa, succeeded by the current Head Coach Carl Hargrave. 

Jacobs coached for 15 seasons and the University of West Virginia under Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Nehlen.  During his years with the Mountaineers, Jacobs served as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. 

In 1995, Jacobs coached under John Cooper with the Ohio State Buckeyes.  In 1996 and 1998, Coach Jacobs won two Big Ten titles. 

In 2000, Jacobs coached the offensive line at Oklahoma State before taking a reprieve from football due to health concerns. 

Coach Jacobs was just 61 years old and is survived by his two sons, Michael and Cody. 

Coach Jacobs will be remembered most at Mesa by his grizzled, southern-drawl voice, his open-door policies, fairness, and genuine care for people around him.  He spent countless hours in his office at his desk, networking Mesa football, with an unlit cigar poking out of the side of his mouth.  He once said, chewing on these things help keep me calm. 

All of us here at Mesa hope you are calm and at peace now, coach. 


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