Charles Jacobson
Charles Jacobson

Gymnastics Coach, 1979-99

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Charles 'Jake' Jacobson
Charles "Jake" Jacobson
The father of Missouri gymnastics, who was named the first head coach of the Missouri gymnastics program in 1979, and built the program from scratch into a nationally-prominent one during his 20 years at the helm ... Not only was he a successful coach, he was arguably even more successful in marketing the sport of gymnastics, and growing support on a local and regional basis ... Had a career record of 229-198-1 in the regular season, and led his teams to 13 NCAA Regional appearances ... Was the 1990 Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year and also won the same award as part of the Big 12 in 1999 ... Directed Missouri to the 1992 Big Eight championship, and his team claimed the NCAA Central Regional title in 1981 and advanced to the NCAA National Championships ... Coached two-time All-American and 1991 Big Eight Female Athlete of the Year Julie Dorn ... Guided 30 gymnasts to all-conference honors and five to regional championship titles ... Founded three premier meets - Shakespeare's Festival, the Corvette Cup and the Cat Classic, which is still held today ... Did virtually all of the marketing of his program, as well as these meets, on his own, in addition to his coaching duties ... Fostered the popularity of the Cat Classic, which set a program attendance record of 10,562 in 1987 that still stands today ... Helped the gymnastics program to become Missouri's third-highest grossing athletic program by the time he retired in 1999.
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