“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.”
Scott Jacobson is entering his 25th season as head coach of the Nebraska women's tennis team, where he is the winningest and longest-serving coach in NU history. He earned his 300th career victory in the 2011-12 season, as he enters this year with 353 wins. He also helped coach Mary Weatherholt to be the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year during the team's first season in the Big Ten conference in 2011-2012 and helped her grab it for her second consecutive year in 2012-13.
Jacobson achieved his 250th career victory in the 2009-10 season, after entering with 243 wins. In the seventh match of the season against Air Force, the Huskers swept the Falcons 7-0 to give the coach the milestone victory. After laying a strong foundation in his first five years in Lincoln, Jacobson helped Nebraska become a fixture in the national rankings and a force in the Big 12 Conference.
Jacobson was named the 2005 Big 12 Coach of the Year after leading the team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and an 18-4 record. The following year, the Huskers made it to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships, the farthest they have advanced in team history. They finished with a 17-10 record in 2006 and another berth to the NCAA Championships, while Kim Hartmann was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
In 2009, Jacobson helped the Huskers to their second straight 16-7 record, balancing a lineup of three talented newcomers along with three experienced seniors and four other returning letterwinners. The Huskers' 7-4 Big 12 record was good enough for fourth place in the conference, the team's second-highest finish ever and highest since it finished third in the 2005 season.
2010 saw the women's tennis team achieved their most successful season to date under Coach Jacobson. The team's impressive 22-6 record featured a 3rd place Big 12 finish and the Huskers' first ever victory in the NCAA Tournament against Illinois. In recognition of the team's accomplishments, Jacobson was named the 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year for the second time in his career at Nebraska.
Nebraska's 2011 campaign reached comparable levels of success. The squad achieved a 20-8 record and a 4th place finish in their final season of Big 12 play. NU qualified for their third-straight NCAA Tournament and placed two student-athletes on the All-Big 12 singles team: Madeleine Geibert and Patricia Veresova. Under Jacobson, seven players have earned Big 12 individual titles, as well as 26 first-team All-Big 12 honors by 13 players.
The Huskers' 2012 campaign under Jacobson saw a school-record 24 wins and the Big Red's first appearance in a Big Ten Tournament. Mary Weatherholt earned a bid to the NCAA Individual Championships for singles where she fell in the first round, after earning the Big Ten Women's Athlete-of-the-Year honor and a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The scarlet and cream earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament and was knocked off in the second round. Coach Jacobson earned Big Ten Co-Coach of the Year honors for his guidance of the team.
In 2013, NU had its most successful season to date under Jacobson. The team earned its highest ranking ever in school history midway through the season peaking at No. 6 on the ITA list and finished the season at No. 16. The team went to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the furthest any squad has gone in program history. Seniors Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova were automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Individual Championships where Weatherholt was to play singles and team up with Veresova for doubles. The duo made it to the quarterfinals where they lost as a member of the Elite Eight, becoming only the second pair in NU history to earn All-American doubles honors. Weatherholt went 5-1 in the singles bracket earning a spot on one side of the championship match where she lost to defending champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford, making Weatherholt the 2013 NCAA Singles Runner-up and solidifying her record-breaking season and becoming the most successful player in the program's history. Jacobson guided Weatherholt to 208 career combined wins, the team's only player to ever break the 200 mark. Weatherholt earned All-American singles and doubles honors and was awarded the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for her second year straight. Jacobson helped Weatherholt to earn the National ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award, a prestigious accolade. Weatherholt and Veresova earned First-Team All-Big Ten and Stefanie Weinstein earned Second-Team honors. Weatherholt captured the 2013 Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year given to one female across all Nebraska women's sports.
In 2014, Jacobson led the team to a 8-17 overall record after losing four strong seniors from the year before. The team saw less success but remained hopeful in their time of rebuilding. Jacobson led four Huskers to be Academica All-Big Ten in 2014 and guided the squad to their fourth straight Herman Award for the highest team cumulative GPA. Sophomore captain Maggy Lehmicke earned the Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award under Jacobson and also earned a spot on the inaugural Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for 2014. Senior Make Zeppernick became Nebraska's recipient of the 2014 Big Ten Sportsmanship award under Jacobson.
The 2015 season brought another year of learning and rebuilding. Facing a tough Big Ten conference and numerous ranked opponents led the Huskers to achieve a 12-12 overall record, going 0-11 in conference action, but earned the Huskers' valuable experience. Jacobson pushed the Huskers to enter the National rankings, coming in at No. 53 after winning 10 consecutive matches to begin the 2015 season.
Academics have always been an area of success of the women's tennis team under Jacobson. During his career at NU, 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 has also received the Herman Award three years straight from 2011 to 2013, given to the NU team with the top overall grade-point average for the academic year, multiple times.
Before becoming head coach in 1991, Jacobson helped the NU men's team to an 84-86 record as an assistant coach for nine years. After playing professionally for two seasons, Jacobson served as an assistant with the Husker men's program from 1979 to 1989. Jacobson 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.
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