RoShon Jacobs is a newcomer to high school coaching, but the new boys basketball coach at Redemptorist is a familiar name for high school basketball fans in Baton Rouge.
The former Woodlawn High standout who played football and basketball on the college level is scheduled to meet with the parents of RHS players next week.
“I’m thrilled to be back in Louisiana and to get the opportunity to coach at Redemptorist,” Jacobs said. “I played against some good Redemptorist teams when I was in school, and I’m well aware of the tradition.
“I’m looking forward to working with the kids in the program. I won’t know them, and they won’t know me. We’ll be starting together and learning together. My goal is to build Redemptorist back into a powerhouse program like it has been in the past.”
The 29-year-old Jacobs played wide receiver in football and also was a basketball standout at Woodlawn, graduating in 2003 after helping the Panthers win back-to-back Class 5A basketball state titles on a team that featured future LSU player Darnell Lazare. WHS was coached by Kenny Almond, who recently took over as head boys basketball coach at Zachary, after a stint at East Ascension.
Jacobs played football and basketball at Louisiana-Monroe and transferred to Southern, where he played football only in 2007. He inherits a Redemptorist team that finished 1-26 last season, including an 0-11 record in District 6-2A. The Wolves last won a state title in 3A in 2003. The school has won 10 state titles in boys basketball.
“We had some excellent candidates,” Redemptorist Principal Dary Glueck said. “RoShon comes highly recommended by his former coach, Kenny Almond, and he understands that this is a rebuilding process.
“We feel like his youth and enthusiasm will serve us well. We’re excited about having RoShon as a teacher and coach.”
Jacobs served as a graduate assistant at Southeastern Louisiana University and also spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Rogers University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also was hired to return to SLU, before the school made its most recent coaching change.