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Steve Jacobson replaces his uncle as Shanley's girls basketball coach

Sunday, June 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
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FARGO—Another Jacobson will be coaching the Fargo Shanley girls basketball team.

Steve Jacobson has been named Shanley's new head coach, replacing his uncle, Tim Jacobson, who left last month to become the head coach at nearby Fargo Davies.

"I've learned a lot from Tim, I really have," said Steve, who is taking over a program that has won the last three Class A state championships and has a 70-game winning streak. "I know there is pressure coming in because of the winning streak. But the way I look at, we play a game at a time and move forward. I believe the girls that we have coming back can continue what we have done in the past."

Steve Jacobson, 51, is a 1983 Fargo Shanley graduate who played basketball for his dad Neal. After serving in the National Guard and Army Reserve for more than 20 years, he returned to Shanley in 1991 to help Tim coach the Shanley boys basketball team. He also coached under Shanley boys head coach Louis Deere and assistants like Dustin Payne, Barry Anderson and Craig Murie.

"I had the opportunity to coach under some very well established coaches and learn from them," Jacobson said.

In 2003, Jacobson became the head girls basketball coach at Class B Richland of Colfax, N.D., where he was named District 2 coach of the year one season. After seven seasons at Richland, Jacobson returned to Shanley where he coached the sophomore girls team to a 43-0 record and two sophomore tournament championships. He then became the varsity assistant under Tim Jacobson.

"The cupboard is not bare," Steve Jacobson said, referring to a Shanley program that has one returning starter back from last year's state championship team with post player Emily Dietz. Last year's junior varsity team posted an undefeated season.

"We have some very good ball players," Jacobson said. "The Shanley program is very strong. Give credit to Tim because he is the one who built it."

Tim Jacobson, 61, spent the last 10 seasons at Shanley's girls basketball coach. He takes over a Davies program that returns from starters from last year's 17-7 team. Shanley is scheduled to play Davies on Jan. 3, 2017.

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