The success of the Michigan Tech women’s soccer team can be traced to head coach Michelle Jacob, who is the only coach the program has had since it’s inception in 2010. She has posted a 28-22-3 record during her time in Houghton.
Jacob led the Huskies to a 14-3-2 overall mark and a share of
the GLIAC regular season title with an 11-1-1 record in 2012 in
just their third season as a program. For her efforts she garnered
GLIAC Coach of the Year accolades. The team defeated Tiffin in the
first GLIAC playoff game played in Houghton before falling to
Saginaw Valley in a shoot-out in the semifinals. Three players,
Lindsey Van Rooy, Kaitlyn Boelter and Melanie Hoffman, earned
All-GLIAC accolades. In addition Hoffman was named to the Capital
One CoSIDA Academic All-America team.
Jacob joined the Huskies after serving as the head coach at Marian posting a 32-24-1 record in three seasons (2007-09). The program was 4-12-1 the year prior to her arrival and finished 11-7-1 in her final season and earned a Northern Athletics Conference Tournament semifinal berth. Her 2008 squad set school records for regular season wins and longest winning streak.
Prior to taking over at Marian, Jacob spent three seasons as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Wisconsin-Stevens Point under an NCAA Women and Ethnic Minority Grant. She helped lead the Pointers to a 36-16-5 overall record and a 16-5-3 mark in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. She also worked as the assistant to the athletic director handling event management for all sports and advising UWSP’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee.
Jacob turned in a stellar four-year playing career at UW-Stevens Point while earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She was an All-America First Team selection and the WIAC Player of the Year in 2001. The midfielder was a key component in the Pointers compiling a 75-15-2 record and four WIAC titles during her four years. She is a member of the UW-Stevens Point Hall of Fame and was on of 24 players selected to the WIAC All-Time Women’s Soccer Team.
In addition to her coaching duties, Jacob is an instructor in Michigan Tech’s Department of Exercise Science and Health and Physical Education.