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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.



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...


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.


Rapper drake surprises NYC High school soccer team 

The rapper Drake, in connection with the release of EA Sports' FIFA 14 video game, held a video shoot with members of the Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.) boys soccer team Monday. 

We all know @Champagnepapi is a big soccer fan, but when he visited NYC's top high school team, he showed how real his love is. 


Rapper Drake Visits

“They flipped out,” Jacobson said. “It was almost like winning a championship.”
Drake’s visit with the boys soccer team at Martin Luther King


"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