Dan L. Vander Beek
Pella, Iowa — Photo by Dan L. Vander Beek

LAFAYETTE — Alexander Dawson School was looking for a new athletic director and Mike Jacobsma was looking for a new challenge.

Starting Aug. 26, Jacobsma will take over as athletic director for the Mustangs’ 13 varsity sports.

“Alexander Dawson is an elite academic institution. When the position was open, I looked at it,” Jacobsma said. “I’ve been in college athletics for the past 12 years and I’ve been looking for that next challenge to impact a lot of young lives. I saw it as a great opportunity for me.”

Jacobsma has most recently been the head women’s basketball coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa. He also has been an assistant coach at both Colorado School of Mines and the University of Evansville, both private institutions like Alexander Dawson.

Jacobsma has worn many hats in the collegiate athletics arena — an exercise science instructor, admissions counselor, equipment manager, assistant to the compliance officer and has been a camp director at four different institutions.

Also holding a master’s degree in education from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., Jacobsma said a big part of his approach at Dawson will be to help kids understand the NCAA requirements when it’s time to look for colleges.

“They pursue excellence in the classroom and that’s what we’re going to do on the athletic field, as well,” Jacobsma said. “It’s my job to help our coaches elevate all the athletic programs and that starts with developing the culture. It’s also about supporting each other, getting excited about each other’s games and cheering each other on. It’s a community.”

Jacobsma’s wife, Bara Jacobsma, graduated from Boulder High School. Because of her connection to the area, combined with his time at Colorado School of Mines, Mike Jacobsma said they are happy to call Boulder County their new home.

“Mike’s passion for athletics and his enthusiasm for teaching young people make him the right person to move our athletic program forward,” Alexander Dawson head of school George Moore said in a press release. “He is a thoughtful, creative and charismatic individual who will make positive connections at Dawson and in the greater Boulder community.”

Former Dawson athletic director David Hansberg left the Mustangs to become the athletic director at Colorado School of Mines.

Follow Brad on Twitter: @BradCochi