The chance to excel as a student and an athlete who becomes an excellent teacher and coach is a special journey that is reserved for a select few such as Todd Jacobs, who earned 10 varsity letters from 1987-1991.

Jacobs did his best at center midfield for Tony Armenti, Paul Tessein, Rich Giallella and Jack Bell on the soccer field. He set school records throughout his four years on the tennis team for coach Richard Crosby, culminating in the all-time highest number of wins in varsity singles. For three seasons, Jacobs toiled as a point guard for Roger Bigos.

The pinnacle came in 1988 when Steinert’s soccer team captured conference, sectional and state championships in a magical 23-1-1 season.

Three times Todd was named all-county in soccer and he received that honor twice in tennis. He also received all-state recognition after his three soccer seasons and was among the top overall points leaders every year as he concluded his career with 68 goals and 28 assists.

Although they share the same birth year, Todd and Randy Jacobs are not the twins that many people believed them to be. Randy checked in on New Year’s Day and Todd made his entrance in December and they share a bond as close as twin brothers. “You have a built-in best friend always at your side,” Todd said of the brother with whom he played thousands of soccer games and tennis matches.

The Jacobs brothers also shared an incredible amount of success with the German American Club’s Hamilton Strikers, a team that was No. 1 in New Jersey or challenging for the top spot throughout the 1980s.

Further preparing Todd for his role as a teacher-coach were his days at Seton Hall University where he earned four varsity letters while playing for legendary coach Manfred Schellscheidt.

Now instead of putting on the uniform and trying to excel for his coaches, Jacobs is on the other side of the equation trying to inspire his players at SHS to be the best they can be on the soccer field and the tennis court.