Baked or Fried? Marathon Boys Basketball Coach Adam Jacobson Goes Under the Spotlight

~ Central Wisconsin ~  Marathon Boys Basketball Coach Adam Jacobson has built the Red Raiders into a perennial power, and has the Red Raiders once again flying high.

We caught up with Jacobson with our popular interview to learn more about Jacobson off the court. Jacobson answers serious and fun questions alike, capped off with perhaps the toughest one: Will it be Baked or Fried?

OnFocus: What sports did you play in high school?

Jacobson: Baseball and Basketball all 4 years and Football for 2.


OnFocus:
How have you been involved in sports in your adult life?

Jacobson: I played college basketball at Viterbo University and upon graduation I taught one year in Grantsburg where I was a JV girls basketball coach and assistant baseball coach. I have now been at Marathon the past 14 years where I have coached 8th grade basketball, freshman basketball, freshman and jv football, and now varsity basketball for what will be my 10th season.

OnFocus: How do amateur sports benefit students, parents, and the community?

Jacobson: In communities, especially small towns throughout the state, high school athletics are a community event and are really important entertainment to those in the community.

The old adage, sometimes you don’t appreciate what you have until it is gone; and through the COVID situation and not having many students, parents, community members having the opportunity to experience live amateur athletics for most of 2020 we are seeing how important they are and how much we miss being involved and how great these events are for students, parents, and the community.

OnFocus: What do you enjoy about your involvement in athletics?

Jacobson: I enjoy getting to work with the kids and getting to know them from Kindergarten all the way through and beyond into their adulthood. I enjoy being a part of a team and working together as one to achieve goals. I enjoy the competition and the life lessons that are learned through athletics. Athletics are an extension of the classroom and I love the ability to teach through athletics.

OnFocus: If there could only be one concession food in the world, what would you want it to be?

Jacobson: Nachos.


OnFocus:
  What would you do with the money if you won 10 millions dollars in the lottery?

Jacobson: Pay off any debt, Invest, Donate to charitable causes and probably buy a new truck, as winning 10 million dollars would probably be the only way my wife would allow me to do that.


OnFocus:
Is there something most people don’t know about you?

Jacobson: I am afraid of heights, my wife is on the ladder hanging the Christmas Lights.


OnFocus
: What job did you want when you were growing up?

Jacobson: I wanted to be a professional baseball player.

OnFocus:
What do you most enjoy watching on television?

Jacobson:
Live Sports.


OnFocus:
How do amateur sports benefit students, parents, and the community?


Jacobson:
I think amateur sports have a major benefit to students, parents, and the community. For the students it is a major part of their educational experience. For the students who participate, athletics are an extension to the classroom and they get the opportunity to have experiences that will teach them lifelong lessons and have experiences that will create lifelong memories all while creating lifelong friendships. In addition, it is a major part of the schooling experience for students who may not participate, homecoming events, student sections at the game, etc. It is a major benefit to all students.
In communities, especially small towns throughout the state, high school athletics are a community event and are really important entertainment to those in the community.
The old adage, sometimes you don’t appreciate what you have until it is gone; and through the COVID situation and not having many students, parents, community members having the opportunity to experience live amateur athletics for most of 2020 we are seeing how important they are and how much we miss being involved and how great these events are for students, parents, and the community.

OnFocus:  Who was an influential coach that has  made a difference in your life?

Jacobson: I have been very fortunate to have many coaches in my life who have molded the person and coach I am. My dad was my youth coach growing up, he had a major influence. My JV basketball coach Eric Monarski really grew my passion and love for the game. I had two outstanding varsity coaches in Dave Flanagan for basketball and Eric Wedemeyer who has had tremendous success as the head baseball coach. I then was fortunate enough to play for a great coach at Viterbo in Wayne Wagner, I have learned a lot from him, and he has been generous to come and run camp in Marathon in the past.

Then, coming to Marathon I have been greatly influenced by Hall of Fame Coaches Jack Culhane, Jeff Reiche, and Claude Seubert who I communicate with all the time and bounce ideas off of.
I have been very lucky and fortunate to be around such great coaches and even better people.

OnFocus:  How do you unwind and enjoy your free time?

Jacobson: We go to the lake and spend time as a family. I am a terrible golfer but enjoy being on the course on a beautiful day. Going to sporting events.

OnFocus: What would be an appropriate Super Hero nickname for you, and what would your powers be?

Jacobson: I guess I really don’t know. As far as a nickname, my childhood nickname and to this day from people back at home I am known as “Beef.”

OnFocus: Who are your favorite athletes?

Jacobson: My favorite athlete as a child was Nolan Ryan. I have enjoyed the careers of Roger Federer, Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Lebron James, Albert Pujols, I will watch them compete whenever I may have the opportunity.

OnFocus: Who is your role model(s)?

Jacobson: My Parents.

OnFocus: Baked or Fried? If you could pick only one, which would it be?

Jacobson: Fried.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]