Jacobsen joins Utah Valley Basketball Staff

Utah Valley University head coach Todd Phillips has announced the hiring of Adam Jacobsen as an assistant coach on his men’s basketball staff. Jacobsen brings over 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level.

Jacobsen joins UVU after a successful tenure at Cal Baptist University, where he served as the assistant coach from 2019 to 2023.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Adam Jacobsen to our team,” said Phillips. “Adam’s impressive track record as a coach and his profound offensive expertise will be invaluable to UVU basketball. His ability to develop strong relationships and his deep understanding of the game will greatly benefit our program.”

Jacobsen brings a wealth of experience to Utah Valley, having contributed significantly to California Baptist’s basketball program. Under his guidance, the Lancers enjoyed consistent success, including a 21-win season in 2019-2020 and achieving high national rankings in scoring offense. His strategic acumen was further evidenced by leading CBU to its first-ever WAC tournament win in 2022 and another victory in 2023.

Prior to his role at CBU, Jacobsen was the Associate Head Coach at the University of Hawai’i from 2015-19. During his tenure, the Rainbow Warriors captured both the Big West regular season and tournament championships in 2016 and secured a landmark NCAA tournament victory. His leadership contributed to the team leading the Big West in scoring and winning a school-record 28 wins.

Before his time at Hawai’i, Jacobsen coached 14 years at the University of the Pacific, including two years as associate head coach. He won five Big West championships and made four NCAA tournament appearances.

Jacobsen was a standout player at Pacific where he holds the record for career three-pointers made and career assists. He also earned multiple Big West All-Conference honors. He led Pacific to two Big West Championships as a player and was inducted into the Pacific Hall of Fame.

In addition to his extensive coaching credentials, Jacobsen also made significant contributions in the field of sports analytics, working as a senior associate at HD Intelligence (HDI), the premier college basketball analytics company. At HDI, he collaborated with numerous Division I teams, utilizing data-driven strategies to enhance their performance and competitiveness.

“Coaching at Utah Valley is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Jacobsen. “I am eager to contribute to a program that is on the rise and to work with Coach Phillips to elevate UVU basketball even further.”

Jacobsen and his wife, DeAnn, have three children: Presley, Ava, and Luke.


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