David Jacobs was named head coach of its men's soccer team in December 2016.
Jacobs most recently served as head coach at Ancilla College in Plymouth, Indiana. While at Ancilla, Jacobs led the Chargers to two Michigan Community College Athletic Association Championships, including their first outright title in program history. Jacobs went on to lead the team to a semifinal appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Men's Soccer National Tournament and had an overall coaching record of 30-5-2, highlighted by an 18-2 mark in 2016. Jacobs was named MCCAA Coach of the Year as well as being tabbed Region 12 Coach of the Year and District 20 Coach of the Year accolades in 2016. He also founded a junior varsity program in his first season.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to make an impact at Trine University," Jacobs said. "I'm looking forward to changing the trajectory of the program and creating a winning culture on the field, in the classroom and in the community."
In addition to his time at Ancilla, Jacobs brings experience from multiple levels of soccer to the Thunder men's soccer program. He has head coaching experience from both the high school and club levels, as well as assistant coaching stops at Bethel College and Judson University. Jacobs also played goalkeeper in professional organizations in the United States and Mexico.
"David's proven track record of winning and improvement at every stop will be a tremendous asset for Trine," said Matt Land, assistant vice president for athletics. "His character, skill as a recruiter and playing experience will prove beneficial for our student-athletes."
During the summer of 2017, Jacobs served as an assistant coach with the Midland Odessa FC of the National Premier Soccer League in Midland, Texas and helped guide the team to the national championship out of 96 total teams.
Jacobs graduated from Bethel College with a general studies degree in 2014. Jacobs and his wife Kara have two daughters- Olivia (12), and Ella (4).