In 2012, Jason Jacobs completed his second year as a volunteer coach on the University of Georgia baseball staff. He works primarily with the catchers and infielders. In 2011, the Bulldogs went 33-32 playing the nation's toughest rated schedule and advanced to the NCAA Corvallis Regional final. Georgia finished fourth in the rugged SEC at 16-14 behind three teams ranked in the top five all season in South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt, as they shared the league crown. The Bulldogs set a school record for fielding percentage at .974. In 2012, Georgia posted a 31-26 mark and set another Fielding Percentage record at .978.
Jacobs has been a valuable contributor to the program in the last decade as a four-year letterman including a part of two College World Series teams (2004 and 2006) and as a student assistant during the 2010 season.
A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Jacobs was a 20th round pick of the New York Mets in 2006 and spent four years playing professional baseball. He was a two-time New York Penn League All-Star and helped the Brooklyn Cyclones capture the 2007 title. During that season, he smashed a league record 12 home runs and was involved in a 26-inning contest that lasted six hours and 40 minutes. He caught the first 18 innings of that marathon that ranks as the longest game in New York Penn League history. In 2008, he was promoted to St. Lucie, the Class High A affiliate. In 2009, he played for the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League and earned All-Star honors.
In his Bulldog career, Jacobs batted .305 with 20 home runs and 123 RBI in 198 games including 168 starts. He served as team captain of the 2006 Bulldog squad that posted a final mark of 47-23 and number six national ranking after advancing to the College World Series. As a senior, he batted .331-7-48, made the SEC All-Tournament team, the NCAA Athens Regional All-Tournament team and made 67 starts at catcher. He caught 95 percent of the innings pitched and set a school record for a catcher with 449 putouts. As a sophomore in 2004, Jacobs helped the Bulldogs win a Southeastern Conference title. The team went 45-23 and had a number four national ranking after reaching the College World Series. He hit the game-tying solo home run in the top of the ninth in a 7-6 NCAA Regional championship victory over Clemson in Athens.
Jacobs earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from UGA in the spring of 2010. He is married to the former Catherine Foley of Atlanta, Ga.
The Jacobs File
Born: Dec. 9, 1983 in West Palm Beach, Fla.
High School: Cardinal Newman HS, West Palm Beach, Fla.
College Education: University of Georgia, B.S. -2010
Family: Wife: Catherine Foley
Collegiate Baseball Experience: University of Georgia, 2003-06
Professional Baseball Experience: 20th round draft pick of the New York Mets, 2006;
Brooklyn (N.Y.) Cyclones, 2006-2007; Port St. Lucie Mets, 2008; Camden Riversharks, 2009
Coaching Career: Student Coach, Univ. of Georgia, 2010 season
Volunteer Coach, Univ. Georgia, August 2010-present