Replacing Ken Koenig has proven to be a difficult task.
Garrett Chapel, who has coached in both college and high school, was named the new head varsity football coach at Dexter High School on Feb. 7. But just 22 days later, Chapel resigned forcing Dexter Athletic Director Mike Bavineau to start again in replacing Koenig, who resigned after four seasons with the Dreadnaughts.
That search came to an end on March 23 when Bavineau announced the hiring of Phil Jacobs to take over the Dexter High School varsity football program.
After several years of coaching at the collegiate level, Jacobs is returning to Michigan High School Football and is joining Dexter High School to lead the turnaround of the football program.
Jacobs has over 25 years of high school and collegiate coaching experience, including 11 years as a head coach. Over his career as a head coach, Coach Jacobs’ teams qualified for seven consecutive playoff appearances, accumulating a 55-21 win-loss record over that timeframe, five SEC titles and two district titles and regional appearances.
“I feel very privileged to be the head football coach at one of the top school districts in the state and I can’t thank Dr. Timmis and the Dexter Board of Education enough for providing me with this incredible opportunity,” Jacobs said. “I very am eager to begin at Dexter as soon as possible, to spend time with our student-athletes, and to get to work. We will work hard to bring a brand of football that the Dexter community will be proud of.”
Starting in April, Jacobs will lead the strength and conditioning program for the Dreadnaughts while teaching at Dexter High School.
In 2010, Jacobs was recognized as National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly.
In addition to success on the athletic field, Jacobs has been celebrated as a classroom teacher. In 2011, he was awarded with an Adrian Public Schools Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award for his work with students and has been working as an Instructional Coach facilitating the district’s curriculum and working with fellow teachers on effective classroom strategies.
DCS Superintendent Dr. Chris Timmis, stated “When we started the search process, we identified the top coaches in Michigan and promised our kids we would find a successful coach and teacher to lead the program…Phil Jacobs was at the top of our list…we could not be more ecstatic to have Coach Jacobs leading the DHS Football Program and teaching our students…Coach Jacobs is an incredible coach, gifted teacher, and a tremendous role model for our student-athletes…his long career of coaching success combined with being an outstanding educator make him the ideal leader for our kids…Go Dreads!”