Heather Jacobs is the new the head women’s basketball coach at UMass Boston. She replaces Kristina Baugh who left UMass Boston last June to take the head coaching position at Barry University.
Jacobs was instrumental in the development of NCAA Division I Wagner University, where she served as head coach for five seasons. She guided two student-athletes to earn major conference awards, while having at least one player being named to an All-NEC Team in each season.
“Heather brings a wealth of experience, understands the importance of academics, and championship pedigree that will move our women’s basketball program in the right direction,” said Darlene Gordon, the interim Director of Athletics at the Dorchester campus.
A native of Stoughton, Jacobs is a 2006 graduate of Franklin Pierce University, where she earned magna cum laude honors with a Sports and Recreation Management major, and a minor in Marketing. As a student-athlete, Jacobs was a two-time NE-10 Conference All-Academic selection while garnering Second Team accolades in her final season. A two-time team captain, Jacobs was a two-time team MVP and ranks among the top-20 on the Ravens’ all-time scoring list and rebounding list at the time of her graduation.
“I am grateful to come back home and continue to do what I love,” said Jacobs.
No stranger to Division III women’s basketball, Jacobs started her coaching career as an assistant at Norwich University. In her one season with the Lady Cadets the team posted a record of 24-4, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
She earned her first head coaching position in 2009 at Daniel Webster College, where she also served as an assistant athletic director and Senior Women Administrator. At Daniel Webster, Jacobs secured 47 wins, going 37-17 over her final two seasons. Being hired as the youngest head coach in the NCAA in 2007, she inherited a program that won just eight games the previous year and helped guide the Eagles to double-digit wins (10) in her first season.