Tom Jacobs is a sports industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the field of athletics administration who sees the need to fill sports jobs through the lens of the client. He co-founded Snodgrass Partners’ Sports Recruiting practice and serves as a key advisor to our sports recruiting team.
Tom is the Senior Associate Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer for the Atlantic 10 Conference. He previously served in various capacities at the Big Eight Conference (now the Big XII Conference), the University of California, Berkeley, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Tom was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame in 2008.
As a director of championships at the NCAA, Tom worked with a variety of championships, which included Division I Men’s Soccer (College Cup), Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis and Division I Men’s Ice Hockey (Frozen Four), to name a few. During his 17-year career at the NCAA, he also worked with the sports of baseball, basketball, wrestling, and water polo. Additionally, he served as a liaison to the Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet.
While at the USTA, Tom played a critical role in the creation of a new organizational structure for Player Development. He also planned, organized and executed the successful implementation of USTA Regional Training Centers and oversaw the addition of USTA Training Center-East in New York. He was a key player in implementing Player Development’s Team USA outreach efforts with stakeholders across the country. He also played a critical role for Player Development as part of the newly-constructed USTA National Campus, “The Home of American Tennis” in Orlando.
Tom received his degree in business administration from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in sports administration and facility management from Ohio University. He resides in Williamsburg, Va, with his wife, Lori. They have three children — Connor, Derek and Emma. Derek was a student-athlete at Pittsburg State University (baseball) and Emma was a student-athlete at Florida Atlantic University (soccer) both now graduated.