American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco announced Friday the promotion of Barbara Jacobs to Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball.
Jacobs, who has worked with the conference since 1995, replaces Danielle Donehew who left to head the WBCA,
Jacobs will oversee all aspects of The American’s women’s basketball operations, including television, scheduling, branding and messaging, and management of the conference championship. She will be the primary liaison between the conference and member institutions in women’s basketball matters.
“I am pleased to name Barbara to this important position,” Aresco said in a statement. “She has proven to be a loyal, skillful and passionate advocate for women’s college basketball and has been instrumental in the success of our conference’s women’s basketball programs. She has earned the respect of our coaches, game officials, school administrators and the college community. She will be a valuable member of our senior staff.”
Jacobs served the conference as assistant commissioner for women’s baasketball officiating. She also oversaw regular-season game management policies for member schools and was responsible for the recruitment, training, assigning and evaluation of the conference’s game officials. Jacobs also produced the league’s conference schedule.
Jacobs was the Secretary/Rules Editor for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee from 1998-2006 and was the tournament manager for the 2004 NCAA East Regional. She served as President of the CCA Coordinators of Officials from 1999-2001 and 2011-2013. She is also former Syracuse basketball coach (1978-93). She was named Big East Coach of the Year in 1988.