Martin Jacobson, known to most as Coach Jake, is a native New Yorker born in Brooklyn. Coach Jake is a soccer coach and life long public school educator who has worked as a counselor, teacher, dean and athletic director. He believes that every child can succeed in life, given the proper opportunities. Long before he achieved his successes in his soccer career he faced many of his own battles off the field, including drug and substance abuse; however, now he is proud to say that he is clean and sober now for over 30 years.
He is the "winningest" high school soccer coach in New York City Public School history, having won a record 15 New York City Championships. The Martin Luther King, Jr. High School teams have been consistently ranked in the top 25 in the nation over the last 20 years. He holds his athletes to a higher education standard, with a high school graduation rate above 95%. Most of his players have gone on to colleges and universities. Some have even played at the professional level. These student athletes come from a large, diverse population. Many of them are first generation Americans and recent immigrants. Wanting to do more to help these young persons is the vision for The Coach Foundation.