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Harry Jacobs

Inducted 2010

With 16 state championships, Harry Jacobs is one of Florida's most successful track & field coaches.

The Wildwood, Fla. native graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville in 1960. While at Robert E. Lee, Jacobs was a four-year letterman in football, basketball, baseball and track. As a track athlete, he set school and state records in the 100-yard dash, the 200-yard dash and the long jump. The 1959-1960 season was arguably his best year as an athlete in high school. That season, Jacobs was awarded the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association’s State Athlete of the Year Award for his excellence in high school athletics. After high school, he attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1966 and his master’s degree in administration and supervision in 1972.

Jacobs started his coaching career at Howard Academy in 1966 as the head coach for track & field and as an assistant coach in football. During his four years at Howard Academy, he was awarded the Florida CROWN Conference Coach of the Year Award. Throughout his career, Jacobs held head coaching positions in football and track & field at Jefferson County High School in Monticello and Florida A&M High School in Tallahassee.

He has helped produce eight high school All-Americans in track & field, and had nine former athletes reach the NFL. Jacobs was the head coach of 10 consecutive state track championship teams from 1987-1996, and has coached 16 state championship teams in total. He coached more than 100 football and track athletes who received college scholarships. Jacobs's winning percentage in coaching football for FAMU was 79 percent, with more than 135 victories.

Jacobs is recognized for his decades of hard work coaching high school athletics with Jefferson County and FAMU. His achievements as a coach have led him to 16 FACA Coach of the Year Awards. Jacobs is a member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, as well as the Florida Track & Field Hall of Fame.