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Coach Jake
A film by Ian Phillips

82 minutes, color, 2018

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Martin Jacobson ('Coach Jake') may be the winningest high school soccer coach in New York City public school history, but his greatest victories lie in helping others and attaining what he likes to call 'the beautiful game.' Coach Jake has won a record 17 City Championships since he began coaching soccer at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Manhattan in 1994, gaining notoriety for flipping the school's bad reputation to a pillar of the athletic community, and improving lives as much as he has scoring averages.

A World Premiere at the Urbanworld Film Festival, the feature documentary Coach Jake delves into the life and work of high school soccer's most intriguing figure.

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"Coach Jake is helping these kids in giving them an opportunity to succeed." - Carmelo Anthony, NBA All Star

"The legendary New York City coach...has logged more than 400 wins with teams largely comprised of immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America." - SoccerAmerica

"Tells a tale of redemption and fulfillment through the lives of his players...the enthusiastic, passionate, imperfect coach of the Martin Luther King High School soccer team." - Empire of Soccer

"Coach Jake's unique and compelling story is captured in this award-winning feature documentary. Jacobson tapped into the pipeline of soccer talent trained West African, Caribbean and South American countries and quickly transformed a forgotten school into a soccer empire blooming with prideful future college students, U.S. citizens and positive contributors to society...a prime example of what an opportunity for excellence in America can produce when put into the proper, cultivating hands." - The Shadow League

"From drug addict to unstoppable winner...Martin Jacobson has had one hell of a life." - COPA 90


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