Paul Jacobson begins his first year on the St. John's staff in 2017-18 as the program's director of baseball operations.
A 2016 graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in business economics, Jacobson was a four-year standout for the Jackrabbits baseball team, ranking third all-time in program history with 215 games played. A team captain and All-Summit League honoree his senior year after leading the team with 25 extra-base hits and 20 stolen bases, Jacobson also ranks in the top 10 in SDSU history in both doubles and stolen bases.
An immediate impact player in Brookings, Jacobson helped the Jackrabbits claim the Summit League Championship and advance to the NCAA Eugene Regional as a freshman in 2013, starting 47 games and hitting .293 with 15 doubles and a team-best 10 swiped bags.
Also a leader in the classroom, Jacobson was a Summit League Distinguished Scholar during his tenure at SDSU.
A native of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Jacobson excelled as a multi-sport star at Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City, Iowa, serving as a team captain in four different sports. A first-team all-state selection in both baseball and football, Jacobson hit nearly .500 in each of his final two years on the diamond while setting single-game and single-season school records for touchdown passes on the gridiron. Jacobson also played on two state championship basketball teams and competed on a state title track & field squad.