Coach Jacobs enters his 26th year at the MCC Track & Field helm. Jacobs graduated from Glendale High School as a State-Champion Pole Vaulter. A two-time All-American in the Decathlon at the University of Arizona, Jacobs also threw the javelin and was captain and MVP of the Wildcat Track Team.
From 1979-1988, he competed internationally in the World University Games in Mexico City and three USA/USSR Decathlon meets, where he was the top American finisher in 1981. Jacobs also competed in the 1980 & 1984 US Olympic trials.
He began his coaching career as an assistant at Mesa in 1982 moving the following year to Arizona State, and then coming back to MCC in 1988 as Head Coach. Under his direction, Thunderbird Track & Field consistently ranks in the top 10 in the country and recently as high as #5 in 2004. He has developed numerous All-Americans and Mesa's facilities are considered among the best of any community college. Coach Jacobs enjoyed seven individual national champions from his 2010 teams.