One of the most successful coaches in the history of the boys basketball program at Mariposa County High School has stepped down.
Bob Jaekle, who has coached the last three seasons at MCHS, submitted his resignation last week to the Mariposa County Unified School District. Over his three years as the varsity coach, Jaekle amassed a record of 67- 18 and earned three consecutive league titles.
Jaekle was also voted by county citizens as the Best Coach in the Gazette’s recent Best of the Best Reader’s Choice contest.
Jaekle told the Gazette one reason he is stepping down is because of his busy lifestyle, although he didn’t release an official statement regarding his resignation.
The district has yet to name a new coach. Pierce Chaney served as the team’s assistant coach last season.
The team still appears to be primed to make another run at a Southern Athletic League title, as Devon Acker James, one of the most dominant players in school history, will return for his senior season.
But the team will have to move forward without Jaekle.
Former players react
Two of Jaekle’s former players from the 2016 section title team were reached for comment.
“He was my seventh and eighth grade coach before high school varsity,” said Dillon Mah. “He did so much for the kids, so much for the youth. He has taught so many kids how to play. Everything was kids first for him. That meant a lot for me.”
Mah called Jaekle a “great coach.”
“He knows so much,” Mah said. “He was pretty rough sometimes, but that’s what being a coach and a player is. You’ve got to work through everything.”
Dalton Rockwood was another key player during the postseason run of 2016. He said Jaekle is “a smart basketball guy.”
“He knows a lot about the game and how to take advantage of whatever the other teams might be lacking on,” Rockwood said. “I guess that’s kind of what he taught me in playing, was how to take advantage of weaknesses in the other team.”
“He’s one of those coaches that knows how to work with what he’s got,” Rockwood added. “He had to go from our team in 2016 losing something like seven or eight seniors when we graduated, yet he was able to win even more league championships the last few seasons with a younger squad. He’s a good coach and he is good situationally. He taught me a lot about last second situations and what to do.”
Rockwood said “a big thing” with Jaekle was showing “respect on and off the court.”
“He really had a ‘Coach Carter’ (fictional coach from a movie) approach to coaching, especially when we were back in middle school and growing up,” Rockwood said. “He was trying to do his best to coach us on and off the court to be young men and basketball players.”
Jaekle will still remain involved with his youth basketball league, the MYBL.