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BCC Names Chuck Jacobs Women's Tennis Coach
May 2, 2013 - Brevard Community College has selected Chuck Jacobs as its inaugural women's tennis coach.
Jacobs, of Satellite Beach, is a teaching pro for the city of Melbourne and the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour Beach, FL, where he also strings racquets.
He grew up in Cocoa Beach, FL. He attended high school at the Montverde Academy in Howey in the Hills, FL and earned his collegiate degree at Florida State.
Jacobs and his wife Tiffany have two sons, 13-year-old Devin and 5-year-old Caleb.
He has been around tennis for many of his 39 years, playing USTA Juniors, achieving a top-20 ranking. He went on to play USTA Pro Circuit events in the Futures and Challengers categories.
Women's tennis is BCC's ninth sport, joining women's and men's soccer, men's and women's basketball, men's golf, baseball, softball and volleyball. It begins competition in the fall and holds its formal season in the spring. It will play on the hard courts at Melbourne's Jimmy Moore Tennis Complex at Sarno and Wickham roads.
BCC becomes the sixth Florida College System Activities Association institution with a women's tennis team, joining Broward College, Florida State College of Jacksonville, Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.
FSCJ and St. Petersburg finished the 2013 season with 9-6 records. State College of Florida finished 5-5, Broward 3-5 and Hillsborough 0-8.
FSCJ won the NJCAA Division I Region 8 tournament, State College of Florida was second and St. Petersburg third. All three advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.
Given the level of in-state competition, Jacobs realizes he will face a challenging first season.
"You've really got to be on your game," Jacobs said. "I think what I've looked at so far and what I've recruited so far I think we'll be pretty competitive.
"I went to the conference tournament and across the board the schools that are in our conference, one and two in singles, they're tough. Three-to-six it kind of tapers down. It's the same with doubles. We put together a good program with a good one and two and then really work our three through six, we could really compete.
"Unlike other sports like football and baseball, tennis, even though you are playing for a team, it's kind of individual. These women have been playing individually tournaments their whole lives. So stepping into this shouldn't be any different. They should still compete at the high levels."
To that end, Jacobs will focus on the mental toughness and physical fitness required to compete at the NJCAA Division I level as well as the footwork and the finer points of the game.
"They are going to learn how to move their feet, work out in the gym, getting physically fit so they can add that on top of the good hitting they already have," Jacobs said. "We are going to practice like we play and play like we practice.
"I'm finding kids. Some of them found us and some I already knew about. We're looking pretty good."
Jacobs' first team will begin practice on Aug. 1 with its first fall match set for early September.