Jacobs grabs 'unique opportunity'

[AROUND THE NET] Legendary high school coach Rick Jacobs, who coached players such as U.S. national team stars Claudio Reyna and Gregg Berhalter, resigned after 25 years the head coach at St. Benedict's in Newark, N.J., to take a non-coaching position in Major League Soccer.

"It is a unique opportunity that will keep me involved in the game,’’ Jacobs told the Newark Star-Ledger. ``There’s a business part of it that intrigues me, and I was in the world of business prior to my coming to Benedict’s. I’m at an age where I can marry some of my business skills with my soccer background.’’

Under Jacobs, St. Benedict’s had a 519-27-13 record and won 23 state Prep A crowns. It had a 131-game winning streak, one short of the national prep record.

Jim Wandling will replace Jacobs as head coach.

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