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Below are a select few articles and videos about Coach Jake and the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Soccer Team.



A memoir about battling adversity…

by the winningest high school soccer coach in New York City public school history!


Interview with Tea & Water

City spotlight on New York:
Conversation with Coach Jake

A coach, educator and counsellor for more than 45 years, this native New Yorker’s story is deeply inspiring. Through his love of soccer, he has become committed to social justice, to advocating students’ rights, especially immigrants. His journey reads like a film script (and Hollywood has come calling): full of life’s bumps, such as battling drug and substance abuse and a Hepatitis C diagnosis.


NYC/New York Made


Martin “Coach Jake” Jacobson may be the winningest high school soccer coach in New York City public school history, but his greatest victories lie in helping others, and attaining what he likes to call, “the beautiful game.”  Jacobson has won a record 16 New York City Championships since he began coaching soccer at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Manhattan in 1994, gaining notoriety for flipping the school’s bad reputation to a pillar of the athletic community.


Vice Media

Stay Melo: The Immigrant Powerhouse of NYC Soccer

Carmelo Anthony Visits High School Soccer Powerhouse to Talk Escapism Through Sports

The perennially nationally ranked Martin Luther King High School’s boys soccer team is comprised of immigrant kids from around the world. Coach Martin Jacobson (Coach Jake) believes in “learning life’s lessons and helping others. That’s two reasons why we’re on earth.” In this episode, Carmelo visits with Coach Jake and some of the kids to...



"Coach Jake" Turned a Team...


"Coach Jake" Turned A Team Of NYC Immigrants Into A Prep Powerhouse

MLK High School soccer coach Martin Jacobson's unique and compelling story is captured in an award-winning feature documentary

The Coach Jake Documentary Film

Feature Documentary on legendary NYC soccer coach Martin "Coach Jake" Jacobson. Directed by Ian Phillips IANFILMSNY.

At 70 years old, Martin "Coach Jake" Jacobson is the most winning high school coach in New York City history. Both on the soccer field and off, this season may be his toughest yet.

Coach Jake’: A new documentary on an inspiring man’s battles, on and off the field

'Coach Jake': New York high school coach hits the cinema

A New York Soccer Story: ‘Coach Jake’

5th Annual New York City Soccer Gala

Martin Jacobson, Martin Luther King High School

Martin Jacobson, also known as Coach Jake, is an educator who has worked in Public Schools over 45 years as a coach, teacher, counselor and athletic director. 

A native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, Coach Jake believes that we are on earth for two reasons; to learn life’s lessons and to help others.

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An Inspirational Speech: An Emotional One

By MLK H.S. Soccer Coach Jacobson

Football Kings of New York

The Godfather


The Winner

Martin Jacobson almost never loses. A high school soccer coach in New York, he takes the poorest of America's newest immigrants and helps them not only survive but succeed. Jacobson teaches his teams to be winners on the field and off.

A Winning Soccer Coach

A Winning Soccer Coach Welcomes Sport’s Revival in New York City


The Martin Luther King High School soccer team was honored