Jakob’s leadership and communication skills were crafted through the role he played in several championship athletic programs. As a player, he captained the 3 winningest teams in Mercer University’s school history, capped with a 2014 NCAA Tournament bid and first round upset victory over the #3 seeded Duke Blue Devils—a game that would win Jakob and his teammates an ESPY Award.
Following his playing career, Jakob went on to coach basketball and won a National Championship in 2015 with the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, eventually leaving the college coaching scene to pursue other passions after three successful seasons.
Known for his thought provoking ideas, challenging standards, and charismatic spirit, Jakob now travels to universities and businesses to speak with teams about how things like leadership, perspective, setting standards, grit, perseverance, and communication are omnipresent in any successful organization.
In addition to speaking, Jakobs hosts a hit podcast titled “The Master Your Craft Study”, writes a blog, is working on a book, and also consults business owners on systems design, process improvement, communication, social marketing, and user experience.