Please come join the Long Beach City College Athletics Department in celebrating the life of Coach Victor Gary "Jake" Jacobsen on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Veterans Memorial Stadium. LBCC will host a life celebration event in honor of Coach Jake at 4 p.m., followed by the last home football game at 6 p.m. To RSVP to the event, click here.
Jacobsen was brought to Long Beach City College (LBCC) by former LBCC head coach Jim Stangeland. In football, Jacobsen was head coach for six seasons and served as an assistant coach for 23 years. During that time, he helped lead LBCC to six conference championships, eight bowl games, one state title, and the 1995 national championship.
He was a standout men's and women's volleyball coach at LBCC. He also spent 12 years as the men's volleyball coach during his 39-year career at the college. Five of his teams reached the state championship match, with three teams winning California titles in 1980, 1982, and 1985, and five conference titles (1980, 1981, 1882, 1985, and 1987). Jacobsen was named conference volleyball coach of the year six times as well as state volleyball coach of the year three times.
From 1991-96, Jacobsen coached the USA-ASD girls' volleyball team, a squad comprised of elite female players 19 years old and under, in competition in China, Japan, and Australia. In 2009, he was named into the LBCC Hall of Champions.
Before coming to LBCC, Jacobsen attended Orange Coast College and received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Whittier College. Jacobsen was an all-conference selection in football at Orange Coast and Whittier. Jacobsen and his wife, Diane, have four children: Kirk, Karen, Brek and Denise.
Don't forget to RSVP to Coach Jake's Celebration of Life at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Click here for details on how to RSVP.