Megan Jacobson enters her third year as Assistant Athletic Director, Budget and Finance and 12th total at the University of St. Thomas in 2016. In her role, Jacobson oversees all athletic budgets and purchasing, as well as all other financial aspects surrounding Tommie Athletics.
In her first two seasons, Jacobson has played an integral role in a number of major projects for the department. Most recently, Megan was a key piece in solidifying the department's first department-wide athletic apparel contract that went into affect in January of 2016. The agreement outfits all St. Thomas athletes in Nike apparel and also provides equipment and accessories, all through a partnership with Eastbay.
Jacobson was also one of the lead members of a St. Thomas team who planned and executed a fan package for those wishing to travel to Salem, Virginia during Tommie football's run to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, NCAA Division III's National Championship. This team organized plane travel via charter into Salem, hotel accomodations, as well as tickets to the championship banquet, a tailgate prior to the game, and the game itself.
In the summer of 2015, Megan managed the replacement of all treadmills and stationary bikes in the 5,000-square-foot cardio room in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (AARC), which serve not only the student-athlete body, but all current St. Thomas students as well as faculty and staff, and a contingency of members.
A Tommie for nine years previously, Jacobson made the trip across campus to join the Athletic Department in 2014 after serving as the Manager of Specialty Fundraising in the Development since 2010. As a member of the Development Office, Megan was no stranger to Tommie Athletics, contributing to the overall success of UST teams by collecting numerous gifts.
She played large roles in the success of the Tommie Club, an athletic giving organization, a number of fundraisers designed and executed for athletics including golf tournaments, wine tastings, and bowling tournaments, and also designed and executed an Athletic Championship Travel program that brought numerous campus stakeholders to postseason events such as the 2012 NCAA Division III Football National Championship. She was also the Co-Director of the Reunion program and oversaw all event related gift processing among other responsibilities.
Prior to her time with the Development team, Jacobson was an instructor and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at UST. From 2007 to 2009, she taught Foundations of Fitness, then a graduation requirement of all students that included topics of wellness, nutrition, health, stress management, weight control, fitness base, and a number of others.
Megan first joined St. Thomas in 2005 as an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach while earning her master’s degree in Athletic and Activities Administration, which she earned in 2007 from UST. In three years on the women’s basketball staff from 2005 to 2008, Jacobson helped the Tommies to a 45-33 record, improving their win total each season and sharing the MIAC regular season title in the 2007-08 season thanks to a 20-7 overall record and an 18-4 mark in league play.
Jacobson began her career in athletics with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx organization in 2001. While there, she served as a Ticket Sales Representative for the Lynx for two years. Megan then became the Coordinator of Basketball Operations for the Lynx in 2003, a position she held for two years. In her total of four years with the professional organization, Jacobson’s responsibilities spanned from selling season ticket packages to planning Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) tournaments and scheduling games, practices, and travel for players, coaches, and staff among others.
A 2001 graduate of UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Exercise Management, the La Crosse, Wis., native was a standout on the women’s basketball team during her tenure as a Blugold. Megan started 112 of 113 games played, which still stands as the most career starts in UW-Eau Claire women’s basketball history. Jacobson was a two-time WIAC All-Defensive selection her junior and senior seasons and added All-WIAC Honorable Mention honors as a senior. A four-year letter winner, Jacobson played a key role in helping the Blugolds to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back WIAC titles in 2000 and 2001.
Megan and her husband, Joe, live in Saint Paul with their three children Henry (8), Marie (6), and Elsie (3).