|City/State:||Blue Earth, Minn.|
2013 Big Ten Regular Season
2013 Mary Weatherholt Singles/Doubles
2013 Patricia Veresova Doubles
Big Ten Athlete of the Year Players
2012 Mary Weatherholt
2013 Mary Weatherholt
First-Team All-Big Ten Players
2012 Mary Weatherholt
2013 Patricia Veresova
2013 Mary Weatherholt
First-Team All-Big 12 Players
2011 Patricia Veresova
2010 Stefanie Weinstein
2009-11 Madeleine Geibert
2009-10 Mary Weatherholt
2008 Jana Albers
2007-08 Imke Reimers
2007 Diana Kuhl
2006 Kim Hartmann
2003-05 Gitte Ostermann
2005 Katie Garcia
2000 Gina Pelazini
1997-00 Sandra Noetzel
1996-98 Lisa Hart
Jacobson's Coaching Philosophy
“By helping our student-athletes develop the values of dedication, cooperation, compassion and the ability to handle adversity with courage, we help them grow as both tennis players and as people. Through a belief in one another and a positive approach to competition, we can build meaningful relationships off the tennis court and continue a winning tradition on it.”
Entering his 28th season as Nebraska women’s tennis head coach, Scott Jacobson has had his Huskers consistently ranked among the top 75 teams nationally for nearly 20 years, while making regular NCAA Tournament appearances the past decade.
A three-time conference coach of the year, Jacobson owns 407 victories at the helm of the Huskers and has averaged nearly 15 wins per season, while laying the foundation for the Nebraska program brick by brick since his first season in 1991-92. His program has been defined by consistent success. Nebraska produced 17 consecutive winning seasons from 1997 through 2013, with the Huskers producing a top-75 final national ranking 16 times.
He has guided the Husker program to six NCAA Tournament bids in the past 10 seasons and led Nebraska to the Big Ten Conference regular-season title in 2013. From 2010 to 2013, Jacobson’s Huskers produced the most successful stretch in school history, winning 20 or more matches for four straight seasons to advance to four consecutive NCAA tournaments. The Huskers finished No. 16 in the final ITA rankings in both 2012 and 2013, including the program’s first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2013.
Since that Sweet 16 appearance, Coach Jacobson has been building the women’s tennis program back to a point of national prominence, aided by the addition of the world-class Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center. Over the past four seasons, the Big Red has more than doubled its win total from eight wins in 2014 to 19 victories in 2017.
In 2017, NU had its most successful season since its Big Ten championship season in 2013. Under Jacobson, the 2017 squad amassed more than 140 individual singles and doubles wins in the spring alone. The team earned a national ranking at No. 39 and earned a spot in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2013, where NU defeated Minnesota and advanced to the second round.
The top-40 national ranking and Big Ten Tournament victory culminated a four-year process to reload the program after Nebraska lost several seniors from the 2013 season which produced the greatest team and individual season in school history.
Not only did Nebraska finish with a No. 16 ranking and advance to the program’s first Sweet 16 in 2013, the Huskers experienced tremendous individual success as well. Mary Weatherholt, the greatest player in program history, capped her Husker career by finishing as the runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Singles Championship. Weatherholt was a first-team All-American in both singles and doubles play in 2013, as she teamed with fellow All-American Patricia Veresova to advance to the final eight in the doubles competition.
Off the court, Weatherholt claimed one of the NCAA’s top overall honors as a winner of an NCAA Top Ten Award in 2014. She was the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, and she was Nebraska’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2012-13. Weatherholt added a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, while claiming the ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award, which is presented to the nation’s top women’s tennis student-athlete.
Jacobson guided Weatherholt to 208 career combined wins, the program’s first player to reach 200 victories. In addition to their first-team All-America honors, Weatherholt and Veresova both earned first-team All-Big Ten accolades, while fellow senior Stefanie Weinstein claimed second-team honors.
The Huskers’ record-breaking 2013 season followed on the heels of a 2012 campaign that featured a 24-5 overall record and a 9-2 Big Ten mark in Nebraska’s first year in the conference. Weatherholt, who returned to the court after suffering a knee injury as a sophomore in 2011, again led the Huskers along with Veresova, Weinstein, Janine Weinreich and senior Madeleine Geibert. A three-time all-conference pick both athletically and academically, Geibert established the NU record with 181 combined wins before Weatherholt broke the record the following season. Jacobson earned 2012 Big Ten Co-Coach-of-the-Year honors after leading the Big Red to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In Nebraska’s final season in the Big 12 Conference in 2011, Jacobson led the Huskers to a 20-win campaign despite dealing with the loss of Weatherholt to a knee injury early in the fall. NU finished fourth in a loaded Big 12, producing a 7-4 conference mark while qualifying for their third straight NCAA Tournament. Geibert and Veresova both earned All-Big 12 honors. Jacobson capped his association with the Big 12 Conference by leading seven Huskers to Big 12 individual titles and 26 first-team All-Big 12 awards.
In 2010, Nebraska posted the first 20-win campaign in school history, finishing with a 22-6 overall record that included a 9-2 Big 12 mark and a third-place conference finish. Jacobson was named Big 12 Coach of the Year for the second time, while leading the Huskers to their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a first-round win over Illinois.
Jacobson, who led Nebraska to its first NCAA Tournament with an 18-4 record and a 9-2 Big 12 mark in 2005, was also the 2005 Big 12 Coach of the Year. The 2006 team added a 17-10 overall record while featuring Big 12 Freshman-of-the-Year Kim Hartmann on its way to a second straight NCAA Tournament bid.
While Nebraska has seen its most success on the court under Jacobson, the veteran head coach also emphasizes excellence in the classroom and in the community. During his career, Jacobson’s Huskers have earned numerous academic all-conference accolades. Jacobson also guided the athletic career of two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American Imke Reimers. The women’s tennis team also earned the Herman Award four straight years from 2011 to 2014. The award is presented to the NU team with the top overall grade-point average.
Before becoming head coach in 1991, Jacobson helped the Nebraska men’s team to an 84-86 record as an assistant from 1979 to 1989. He also spent 11 years as the assistant director of the Tennis and Life Camp in St. Peter, Minn. He has been an employee of the camp for 23 years.
In 1995, Jacobson was awarded the David Aasen Award by the staff of the Tennis and Life Camp. The award honors enthusiasm, energy, sense of humor, high standards of sportsmanship, a love of teaching and a genuine concern for others.
Originally from Blue Earth, Minn., Jacobson has been involved in many activities in Nebraska. In the past he has been an instructor for the Lincoln Racquet Club and coordinator for the Husker Netters Booster Club.