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Inductee Profile

Barb Jacobs


Barb graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1967. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from UW-La Crosse in 1971 and a Master of Science in Education in 1976 from State University College at Cortland, New York in 1976. At UW-La Crosse, Barb earned varsity letters in basketball, field hockey and tennis. Barb became head women’s basketball coach and Coordinator of Women’s Athletics at Hartwick College from 1971 to78. She was also Head Field Hockey Coach and Head Men’s Hockey Coach. In 1978 Barb became head women’s basketball coach at Syracuse University until 1993, compiling a 229-190 record. At Syracuse, her 1981 team compiled a 26 and 8 record, became E.C.A.C. Champions, and received an A1AW National Tour berth. Her 1985 team won the Big East Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Her 1988 team players were Big East Conference champions, earning them a place in the NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament where they were defeated by Ohio State. Barb has been a member of the Associated Press Top 20 Basketball Voting Poll, NCAA Selection and Seeding Committee for basketball, the Central New York Board of Women Officials, President of the Big East Basketball Coaches Association (1986-93), and President of the CCC Coordinators of Officials (1999-01). Barb became assistant basketball coach at Virginia Commonwealth University (1993-95) and Director of Promotions for Non-revenue Sports, involved in recruiting, scouting, and conditioning. From 1995 to 2001 Barb arranged and directed the Women’s Basketball Summer All-Star Tour, was Sport Administrator in charge of softball and field hockey championships, was Tournament Manager for the NCAA Women’s Basketball East Regional (2004), and Administrator of the Big East Conference Women’s Basketball Championship from 1999 to the present. From 1995 to 2000, Barb was the coordinator of women’s basketball officiating. She is presently Assistant Commissioner of Women’s Basketball Officiating. She also schedules conference games and assigns officials for all conference and non-conference games, is the coordinator of officials for the American East Conference, is responsible for training and development of women’s basketball officials and is Secretary/Rules Editor for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee and National Rules Interpreter. Barb’s honors and awards include the Victory Club Award for 300 Victories from WBCA, Division I Coach of the Year Award for New York State 1986, Unsung Heroine Award in Sports 1986, Coach of the Year Award for The Big East Conference 1988, Chosen to coach the First Big East All-Star Team 1990, Inducted into Syracuse University’s Orange Plus Hall of Fame in 1990, and was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame 2006.

Barb Jacobs
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