University of Evansville men’s head coach Mike Jacobs
will leave the Aces at the end of the 2014 season to take
the position of vice president, developmental properties at United Soccer Leagues. Jacobs is the incoming NSCAA president.
In his new role, Jacobs will serve as part of the senior
management team for USL PRO and provide strategic management and direction for the under-23 PDL, the U-20s and USL’s youth leagues.
Jacobs will represent USL in a technical
and player development capacity with MLS and U.S. Soccer, will oversee the USL PRO Combine and spearhead the development of a USL PRO youth academy.
“USL is very pleased to
welcome Mike Jacobs to its senior management team,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis
said. “Mike’s unique background blends outstanding collegiate
coaching with high-level soccer industry executive experience. In addition to his USL PRO technical involvement, Mike’s new position will allow him to lead the under-23 PDL into its new
expansionary phase and the important role it will assume under USL PRO and MLS. Additionally, he will direct the creation of a new USL PRO youth academy initiative.”
eight years at Evansville, he has posted a 71-69-8 mark. Previously, he was the top assistant at Duke and before then the head coach at Iona.
“I am so excited about the
opportunity to join USL,” Jacobs said. “This is an electrifying time for professional soccer in our country, and USL is at the center of its growth. The potential of working in
this capacity is both humbling and exciting.”