Just trying to keep my life organized
Educator | Coach | Creator | Volunteer
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of Earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always-
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one
T.S Elliot Little Gidding
Bridgewater State University 17′
University of Massachusetts Amherst 19′
Jacob’s more formal academic experiences in higher education begin at Bridgewater State University where he majored in Physical Education. As Jacob developed connections with staff and faculty at BSU, he knew higher education would be a space he could empower student leaders and work to make an impact in his community. In May of 2019, Jacob graduated UMass Amherst with a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Here, Jacob learned invaluable lessons and found a passion for teaching. Now, Jacob hopes to pursue a Ph.D in Sport and Exercise Psychology to infuse his love for teaching and sports with his understanding and commitment to the betterment of higher education.
Jacob had the honor of serving as the student speaker for BSU’s morning Commencement Ceremony back in 2017.
“LOVE. YOUR. PROCESS. Be unequivocally devoted to your journey, to your adventure, to your climb…”
Jacob has played competitive and club soccer his entire life and intended to play soccer in college as well. After suffering several serious concussions during both his senior year of high school soccer and college scouting camps the following summer, Jacob’s playing career quickly came to and end. He continues to inject his passion for the game into his intentionality for coaching soccer.
Jacob has been a Liverpool FC supporter his entire life and made a memorable trip to the holy land at Anfield back in 2018 while on a work Visa in the UK.
Ashland High School Soccer
USSF D License
Ashland High School JV Head Coach
Global Premier Soccer (GPS) Head Coach – 2001 / 2004
Jacob has found the same values of teaching and learning apply perfectly to team sports and coaching soccer. Jacob recently completed his D License course with the United States Soccer Federation in November 2019 and is looking to continue pursuing further licensing and coaching experiences. Jacob’s ultimate goal with coaching is to one day serve as an Academy Director where he can implement and instill a club wide philosophy tied to leadership, development, and success.
In 2017, Jacob dedicated 365 blog posts to detail experiential lessons on how gratitude can change a life. The Gratitude Journal is Jacob’s first public writing project shared for free on his blog, gratitude-journal.com. Here, he writes short stories and his personal account of how gratitude can be used to combat bouts of depression and anxiety. Jacob continues to keep a daily journal on life and gratitude but is planning future projects to share his writing.
Jacob enjoys including his own personal photography in the Gratitude Journal. Some of the photos have inspired Jacob’s attempts at poetry and fictional short stories.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
In the spring of 2017, Jacob participated in a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sponsored by Bridgewater State University, Jacob and a group of students traveled to Siem Reap in Cambodia to volunteer with the Water For Cambodia organization. Under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Kevin Curry, each Bridgewater student assisted with building in-home water filtration devices for families in rural villages. This experience changed Jacob’s perspective on everything in life and has since sought out additional international service opportunities to give back.
If you would like to learn more about Jacob’s educational background and academic pursuits… read more.
If you are interested in hiring Jacob as a camp coach or would like to learn more about his experiences in this field… read more.
If you would like to learn more about Jacob’s public writing… read more.
If you would like to learn more about Jacob’s volunteer experiences and interests… read more.
“I am not what I ought to be, not what I want to be, not what I am going to be, but I am thankful that I am better than I used to be.”
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