Jacobson named Head Coach at D2 Western Colorado

Western Colorado University Director of Athletics has announced the hiring of Adam Jacobson as the next Mountaineer head women’s basketball coach.

“The Western Colorado women’s basketball program will next be led by a coach that has experienced success at every step of his career journey,” said Van Hee about Jacobson. “Adam is coming off multiple coach-of-the-year honors as well as a trip to the NJCAA national tournament, accomplishments that are natural extensions of the coaching path that he has crafted.

“Coaching in the region for many of those years, Adam has built up a strong recruiting network that should pay great dividends for the Mountaineer program. Student-athletes will be eager to play in a program led by such a high-energy mentor.”

Jacobson spent the past two seasons as the women’s head coach at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton, N.D. The Wildcats posted an overall record of 44-12 over his two seasons of leadership, including a 34-9 mark in Mon-Dak Athletic Conference action.

“I’m beyond ecstatic and truly honored to be the next head coach of Western Colorado University women’s basketball,” shared Jacobson. “I want to thank President Baca, Athletics Director Van Hee, and the rest of the search committee for giving me this incredible opportunity. I’d also like to thank the mentors that have helped shape the success that I have had as a coach, and my wife, Ann, and our children for allowing me to do something I love.

“The moment I stepped on Western’s campus I knew it was something special,” reflected Jacobson about his visit to Gunnison during the interview process. “The University, the campus, and the facilities are impeccable.”

NDSCS was the 2021-22 regular-season Mon-Dak champion with a 20-1 league mark. In the postseason it advanced through Region XIII playoffs, winning the region championship followed by capturing the North Central District Championship. The postseason run was finally halted in the first round of the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, ending the 2021-22 campaign with a 30-3 overall record.

The Mon-Dak, Region XIII and North Central District all named Jacobson their 2022 Coach of the Year, joining NDSCS point guard Ivane Tensaie – third-team NJCAA All-American, Region XIII and Mon-Dak player of the year – with postseason honors.

“I’d like to thank North Dakota State College of Science for a great 2 years'” adds Jacobson. “I’ll forever be grateful for the time spent at NDSCS and can’t wait to build on the culture of success that has been established here at Western Colorado!”

Prior to his stay at NDSCS, Jacobson accumulated 11 years as an assistant coach with stints at University of Mary (2018-20 and 2012-14), University of N.D. (2014-18), Gillette College (Wyo.) (2011-12), University of Jamestown (N.D.) (2008-09, men’s assistant), Augustana (S.D.) University (2007-08, men’s graduate assistant), and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College (2006-07, men’s assistant).

Jacobson’s coaching career accomplishments include:

  • national tournament appearances at NDSCS (1), Univ. of N.D. (3), Augustana (1)
  • conference championship titles in the Mon-Dak (2022, NDSCS) and Big Sky (2017, Univ. of N.D.)
  • 17 all-conference players (recruited or developed)

The program that Jacobson takes over at Western has made four consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason tournaments and appeared in the 2020 and 2021 NCAA Division II national tournaments for the first time in program history.


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