'Coach Jake': New York high school coach hits the cinema

The documentary film, “Coach Jake,” about legendary New York City coach Martin Jacobson, who has guided Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Manhattan to 16 city-wide championships with his multicultural teams, embarks on its film festival circuit on Thursday.

Jacobson served as a guidance counselor at MLK, an inner high school the tabloids dubbed "Horror High," before taking charge of the school's winless soccer team in 1994 and began finding talent among students in ESL (English as a Second Language) and bilingual classes.

The 70-year-old Jacobson has logged more than 400 wins with teams largely comprised of immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Urbanworld Film Festival
Sept. 21, 5:00 pm.
AMC Empire Theater 13 @ 42nd Street

Heartland Film Festival
Oct. 13, 5:00 pm.
Oct. 15 at 12 noon

Bushwick Film Festival
Sunday, Oct. 15

Yonkers Film Festival
Nov. 4-5

5 comments about "'Coach Jake': New York high school coach hits the cinema ".
  1. Dan Eckert, September 21, 2017 at 8:01 a.m.

    As a high school coach - a film I’d love to see. Coaching is a fascinating study in the human condition - as there is no one way to do it best - and no one formula to win - and an infinite ways to lose.

  2. Kevin Sims replied, September 21, 2017 at 8:14 a.m.

    Indeed. I think there may be some universal principles, none of which have anything to do with the sport in question: be yourself, be genuine, care about the whole child, demand best effort. What else? Jake is one interesting cat. I have spoken with whom a few times over the years ... a ball of energy on caffeine! The film should be quite intriguing.

  3. Goal Goal, September 21, 2017 at 12:44 p.m.

    Contrary to US Soccer's belief all of your top notch players are not playing at the DA level for many reasons. There are many top notch coaches at the HS level all across this country. Why US Soccer doesn't utilize their talent I will never know.

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, September 21, 2017 at 4:51 p.m.

    No doubt there are good HS coaches but, generally speaking, in my experience HS coaches are often quite poor. Certainly there is no reason for elite young players to waste time playing in HS.

  5. Nick Daverese, September 21, 2017 at 3:04 p.m.

    Dan how do you think he gets all those foreign born players? Do they all live in his area? What if they don't how do you get players if they don't live in the vicinity of your school.

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