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About the Movie
Martin 'Coach Jake' Jacobson may be the winningest high school soccer coach in New York City public school history, but his greatest victories lie in helping others, and attaining what he likes to call, “the beautiful game.” Jacobson has won a record 17 New York City Championships since he began coaching soccer at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Manhattan in 1994, gaining notoriety for flipping the school’s bad reputation to a pillar of the athletic community. During his tenure as MLK’s boys’ soccer coach, he has improved lives as much as he has scoring averages. Coach Jake, a new documentary by Ian Phillips, delves into the life and work of high school soccer’s most intriguing figure.
Worth a Watch
I was a NYC High School soccer player and MLK had one of the best soccer teams I ever watched play. The director gained amazing access into the lives of the players, showing how they navigate their family, school and love for the sport. Coach Jake is a character worth watching and getting to know.
We have seen this documentary twice and look forward to seeing it again. It is a great character study by a talented young filmmaker.
The film perfectly captures the story, the drama, the sacrifice and the hard work of these wonderful immigrant young men & their exceptional coach, struggling to build a cohesive championship team.
Together we spent many years actively involved with the NYC soccer scene. This film brought back so many fond memories. It is true to life. Almost felt like we were there again!
If you love NYC, love soccer or just want to view a very special documentary of a remarkable coach and an extraordinary group of young men, do not miss this film.
I played for Jake from 1994 to 1996 and was on his first championship team. I remember the days practicing in the gym and various parks around Manhattan. Playing games and after Jake buying the team pizza, or taking us to Doss Soccer store buying equipment for players who’s parents couldn’t afford to buy them. All this was done out of his own pocket and he never asked for anything in return other than to do what’s right, go to class, get good grades, and show up to play.
This movie is showing the world the kind of man Jake has been since the first day I met him walking through the hall at MLK. He has been a father figure to numerous kids just looking for some direction in life. Helped me get jobs while in high school, when I graduated high school, and helped me get my first job fresh out of graduating college.
He truly deserves all the recognition in the world for what he’s done in the 20 plus yrs we’ve known each other. Keep up the great work Jake and when they make the biopic about your life, don’t forget to add the part when you knocked some sense into me in the 1996 final. That second half performance got me into college for free.