Erik has been the Head Tennis Professional at the club for 17 years. Prior to coming to KTAC, Erik taught at the Bally’s in Puyallup and Sprinker Tennis Center. Erik played on the Cal State Hayward tennis team for 4 years, graduating with a degree in Physical Education. He also played on the PNW Open Circuit for 8 years.
“The kids respond to Erik,” says one staff member. “It’s his engaging personality — a very easy demeanor, very approachable and knowledgeable. Erik is a very likable guy who knows when to push the kids a little bit. But he’s not one of those coaches who is overbearing, intimidating, and yells. Erik is great at fostering a competitive, but safe and fun environment for the kids. “He finds the point of impact for each individual. He doesn’t just coach one way. Every person is different and responses differently, and he finds that point and uses that to get the most out of them.”
As part of the Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center, Erik has coached National qualifying USTA Adult and Junior teams, multiple nationally ranked juniors, and over 40 junior players who have gone on to play at the collegiate level. Jacobsen went to high school at Evergreen in Seattle where he earned a tennis scholarship, playing two years at West Valley College (Saratoga, Calif., 50 miles south of San Francisco) and then accepting a scholarship to Cal-State Hayward where he played No. 2 singles at the NCAA Division II school.