Jacob was introduced to broomball on the outdoor rinks of Bethel University’s intramural program in St. Paul, MN. After college, he was spotted in a recreational league by a member of USA Red and asked to try out for the team. A few months later, he helped USA Red defeat USA Blue in the 2002 USA Broomball National Championships. Later that year, he led USA Red to victory at the IFBA World Broomball Championships, defeating the Quebec Titans in double overtime of the gold medal game. Jacob finished as the tournament’s leading scorer and was named MVP of the tourney, a first for an American man in the men’s division of Worlds.
Over the years, Jacob has donned the jerseys of USA Red, Inferno, Geez, as well as his current squad, Kelly Lake. Personal highlights include the aforementioned IFBA World Championship, a Canada Cup title, a Saskatoon Gold Broom, an International Championship, 2 Syracuse Can-Ams, and several USA Nationals, North Americans, and Minnesota State Championships. In 2013, while residing in Quebec for work, Jacob joined up with The Pogos out of Montreal, winning their provincials and finishing third place at Canadian Nationals. He is the first and only American to play in both the American and Canadian National Championships. In 2020, Jacob was nominated to the USA Broomball Hall of Fame.
Jacob appreciates all the volunteers who have served to promote broomball for many years. He is joining the USBA board to continue their efforts and give others the opportunity to enjoy the sport.