Cleveland coach Jacobson wins 400th game
November 26, 2014
By Tony Sposit, Clejrjacks.com
Reaching milestones in this sport are rare, 500 points, 1000 goals so on and so forth. Only a handful of players, coaches or teams have ever achieved such a goal. Each player, coach or team aspires at get to that point. It is a mile marker that has significant recognition.
This past weekend, Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson of the NA3HL accomplished one such goal. On Sunday, November 23rd 2014 the Jacks took on Cincinnati in the third of a three game series at Cleveland Heights. One lone goal from Captain Tyler Dalton sealed the fate and at the final horn, Head Coach Bob Jacobson had won his 400th hockey game as a Coach.
Bob started coaching the Jacks in 1999. In his 15th season he has seen the Jacks move to 3 rinks, hold consistent playoffs runs and even a championship or two, but the most important thing to get out of this huge accomplishment is Bob’s unending consistence for success.
“It was nice to get this one at home," said Jacobson. “I am extraordinary proud at this moment. I really need to thank everyone involved with the organization. The parents, volunteers, assistant coaches and staff is really who made this all possible. Without them I would have never made it here.”
“It’s a proud moment for me personally” stated Assistant Coach Kyle Botos, “it’s really surreal at times. He taught me how to play the game, now he is teaching me to coach the game. It is a proud moment for me, not only did I add to the 400 as a player, but I also added as a coach.”
The team didn’t even know Bob was close to the 400 mark until earlier this year and a fellow Coach and good friend in the NA3HL reached 300.
“Questions then started rolling in, people asked what number I was at.” said Coach Bob with a smile on his face recalling the facts of this journey. “I then began to getting curious myself, so a few friends and I began going back though records of the CSHL (the NA3HL prior to the NAHL takeover) and so on and found out that this was going to by my 400th.”
“This is an amazing accomplishment for not only the team but for Bob personally.” quoted Coach Jason Dickey, who finally gave in after years of dodging the press record. “I am extremely proud to have been part of an organization and coach alongside Bob for many years. I would not be the coach I am today without the many years of experience I gained from coaching with Bob. Along with this victory Bob shows and honest approach to recruit players and this is shown in the many years of success this organization has had.”
When asked about the teams he has coached Bob said, “You coach the teams you have. I have been very fortunate over the past years to have some great teams. Like this year’s team, each team developed and became better and without their hard work I could not be the coach I am.”
Coach Bob and the Jacks continue the 2014/2015 season with a trip to the NA3HL showcase before returning the Cleveland for one last game in the year of 2014 on the 21st of December.