Big Ten Athlete of the Year Players
2012 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.”
Scott Jacobson is entering his 22nd season as head coach of the Nebraska women's tennis team, where he is the winningest and longest-serving coach in NU history. Jacobson has guided the team to 15 straight winning seasons, dating back to the Big 12's inaugural season in 1996-97, and has had at least 16 victories in seven of the past eight years. He earned his 300th career victory in the 2011-12 season, as he enters this year with 309 wins. He also helped coach Mary Weatherholt to be the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year award during the team's first season in the conference in 2011-2012.
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 has 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.
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 47 academic all-conference accolades, including 33 first-team certificates. 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, 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 22 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.