Kevin Jacobs, 45, is set to begin his first season as head girls basketball coach at North Gwinnett after a successful stint - including a state championship - at Jefferson.
In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," Jacobs talks with staff writer Corey Clark on a variety of topics, ranging from Maya Moore to his native England to his time in the Air Force.
CC: First off, welcome to Region 7-AAAAA. What defense have you come up with to stop Maya Moore?
KJ: (laughs) I don't know what you do against her. Everybody has tried everything against her, I'm sure. I don't know if we can come up with anything to stop her, and I don't know that she can be stopped.
CC: Have you ever seen her play?
KJ: When she was a freshman, we saw them play at state. And I'm not too smart, but even then you could tell she was something special. I actually feel privileged to be in the same region as her and Collins Hill.
CC: When did you know you wanted to be a coach?
KJ: Well I was playing four sports in high school (at Stephens County), but it wasn't until I was playing for a baseball team in the Air Force that I really figured it out. I was coaching before I even got out of college. I was a volunteer football coach, and the only way I could be part of the staff (when I was hired) was to coach another sport, too. And guess what that sport was? And I just really got into it, and I started going to camps in Tennessee. I just really became interested ... It turned out to be a good thing for me. Twenty-five years ago if you were talking to me, I would be talking about putting the wing-T in.
CC: What was your first car?
KJ: I had a little, yellow Volkswagen Bug. I know that's hard to believe now - how could I fit into that thing? But it was my dad's car and he gave it to me and told me I had to take care of it. I finished paying it off for him, which meant I had to work. So I delivered newspapers each morning. That was fun.
CC: Cool. Did you do it on a bike?
KJ: No, I used the Volkswagen. We would load it up and I would toss them into the driveway. And the faster I went the more I got to sleep when I got home.
CC: What was the best Christmas present you ever got?
KJ: (laughs) Oh my gosh. The best Christmas present. Well, my parents are both English. They live in England. And about five years ago we got together there on Christmas Eve. They didn't know I was coming. The whole family was there and we kind of snuck up on them, so that was pretty neat.
CC: So you're English?
KJ: Yeah, I know you can't tell it from talking to me. We moved here when I was six. And I tell my kids in class about it all the time, that everyday at 4 p.m., we would have tea. I remember, it didn't matter if it was 110 degrees outside, we were going to have tea. I've become Americanized since I've lived here for so long. But back there, you have to have your tea. And you have to have your breakfast. My class asks me about it all the time, 'that really doesn't happen over there does it?' But yeah, it really does.
CC: What happened in the World cup man?
KJ: Oh, I don't even talk about that. I tell you, not the last World Cup, but the one before that, I was in England. My parents lived in this little village and it literally shut down when England played. The whole village would be in the pub watching the game. And my dad was a professional soccer player when he was younger, so it was a very big thing in my house ... My mom, when she calls me, that's what we talk about - soccer. That's funny coming from a basketball coach, but it's true.
CC: If there was one celebrity you could knock out, and not face any criminal charges, who would it be?
KJ: (laughs) Wow. These questions, man. These are tough. I don't know if I can answer that though. I don't want to get fired.
CC: Hey, we're trying to get to know Kevin Jacobs. This is important stuff, so let me rephrase it - what celebrity can you really not stand?
KJ: Mike Tyson. I hate Mike Tyson. Who would like a guy like that? But if I was going to fight him, I better get a punch in quick. Because I have a feeling if he were to hit me that would be all she wrote.
CC: What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
KJ: Oh, all these horror movies. Why would you pay to get scared? I don't get it. I don't want to watch a chainsaw massacre, who would? I guess I don't have a particular movie, it's just horror movies in general. I'm not going to pay to have my hands over my face for two hours. I guess I'm just a chicken, I don't know.
CC: How much longer do you see yourself coaching?
KJ: When I was at Jefferson, I almost got out of it. It was almost like, what else can you do?
But I want to do it as long as I like the game and as long as it's fun for me. As I've gotten older, I don't know if I've gotten wiser or more stupid, but as long as it's not a chore, and it doesn't seem like work I'll continue to do it. When it becomes a job, it's time to get out.