Baked or Fried? Mosinee Head Volleyball Coach Justin Jacobs

~ Central Wisconsin – Difference makers in sports are all around us. Getting to know coaches, athletic directors, and key figures in amateur sports helps us learn about the individuals shaping athletics and making a difference in schools. Area athletes have been under the microscope with the world-famous interview ‘Pancakes or Waffles?’ and now it’s time to add a different lens to sports in central Wisconsin.

With our OnFocus ‘Baked or Fried?’ interview, we take a look at difference makers in central Wisconsin.

Today’s look is a peek inside Mosinee Head Volleyball Coach Justin Jacobs.  Learn more about Jacobs with our soon to be famous interview: ‘Baked or Fried?’

OnFocus: What sports did you play in high school?

Jacobs: Basketball was my favorite sport, but I also played some football and track.

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

Jacobs: Nowadays I play a lot of golf. #TRT

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

Jacobs: I love the competitions.  It gives everyone a chance to see the hard work the players put in and I love seeing them have the success that they have earned.

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

Jacobs: GOOD Popcorn. Some of these concession stands should be embarrassed by the popcorn they put out.

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

Jacobs: The first thing I’d do is buy my wife a new ride.  She deserves it for letting me devote so much time to coaching.  Then I’d like to do some traveling with the family and buy myself a new boat.

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

Jacobs: I won a coloring contest when I was 6.  My pink Easter Bunny won me a Slip N Slide.

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

Jacobs: I had no idea.  Probably why I wasn’t a very good student.

OnFocus: What do you most enjoy watching on television?

Jacobs: Live sports or comedies like Letterkenny.

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

Jacobs: There are so many opportunities in sports to learn life lessons that will last forever.  It also builds a strong sense of belonging  when the students see how the community is backing them.

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

Jacobs: Chris Heller.  He was my freshman basketball coach but he was also the one who got me started in coaching and ultimately led to me getting my teaching degree.  I learned a lot coaching with him in the beginning and it’s a lot of fun coaching against him now.

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

Jacobs: I love taking the boat out.  We go out almost every day in the summer to hit the sandbar, cruise the river, or do some fishing.

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

Jacobs: I would have to go with Big J and my super power is getting things off the top shelf.

OnFocus: Who are your favorite athletes?

Jacobs: Elle Jacobs, Nate Jacobs, Owen Jacobs, and Mireia Dañobeitia.

OnFocus: Who is your role model(s)?

Jacobs: My Dad and my Father-in-Law Pat.  They both have really strong work ethics and would do anything for their families.

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

Jacobs: Fried for just about everything but seafood.

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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]