The University of Mobile has named its baseball field “Mike Jacobs Field” in honor of head baseball coach Mike Jacobs who founded the school’s baseball program in 1990 and celebrated his 700th career win in March.
University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley congratulated Jacobs and his wife, Joy, “on a career at the University of Mobile which is unparalleled.”
Jacobs was surprised by the honor, which was unanimously approved by the Christian university’s Board of Trustees in April.
“When I came here 22 years ago, I believed we were following God’s will to do what He wanted us to do,” Jacobs said. “It’s truly been ‘us’ – I could not have done this without my wife, without her strength and her support and what she’s done for my two sons and me.”
Jacobs said the university has allowed him the freedom to build the right kind of program.
“We’ve had great seasons, and some were not good seasons. But our belief was always that we would do it the right way. I think that’s one of the things we bring to the table, is that we do things the right way. We try and recruit kids who are going to come in here and do what they need to do in the classroom and do what they need to do on the field,” Jacobs said.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to do what God has led us to do,” he added.
The newly named Mike Jacobs Field includes a field house, locker rooms, a player study area, and stadium seating. The university is accepting donations to raise funds to add lighting to Mike Jacobs Field to permit night games. For information about the field lighting project, contact the University of Mobile Office of Development at 251.442.2226.
In an interview for the Spring 2011 inaugural issue of the University of Mobile Magazine, Jacobs said, “When I came in 1990, I came because that’s where God wanted me. And that’s why I’ve stayed.”
During the March 25 presentation of a plaque in the shape of a home plate in recognition of his 700th career win, Jacobs was honored for his reputation as a “coach for life.” The 700th win occurred March 24, 2011, when the Rams defeated cross-town rival Spring Hill College 7 to 3.
Throughout Jacobs’ career, “he has not only produced a winning team – he has trained young men to be winners in life. His unwavering faith in God, commitment to excellence, and love for his players as individuals mark Coach Jacobs as a winner who inspires us all to believe in the best and have the confidence to achieve it,” said the announcer during a presentation in honor of Jacobs.
Jacobs began his career at the University of Mobile after coaching baseball at UMS-Wright Preparatory School, where he spent two years as an assistant coach and the last four as the head coach. As a college player, Jacobs had an outstanding career at the University of South Alabama under Eddie Stankey. He was a four-year letterman at USA and was the Jaguars’ leading hitter in 1976.
For more information about University of Mobile athletics, visit www.umobile.edu/athletics.
From left: University of Mobile Board of Trustees Chairman Gabi Constantine,
UMobile President Dr. Mark Foley, Coach Mike Jacobs, Joy Jacobs, UMobile
Athletic Director Joe Niland, UMobile Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Coach Jacobs at the newly named "Mike Jacobs Field" at the University of Mobile