Saturday, March 15, 2008
Former SWC commissioner Jacoby dead at 80
DALLAS -- Fred Jacoby, a former commissioner of the defunct
Southwest Conference, died Saturday at his home following a lengthy
battle with cancer. Jacoby was 80.
His death was announced in separate statements issued by the
American Southwest Conference and the Lone Star Conference,
smaller-school conferences he served before retiring in 2006.
Jacoby was commissioner of the Southwest Conference from
1982-93. The conference dissolved in the mid-1990s when Texas,
Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor jumped to the more powerful and
profitable Big 12.
Jacoby spent more than 50 years in coaching and athletics
administration, including 10 years in high schools and eight years
as an assistant football coach at the University of Wisconsin.
He became the first commissioner of the Wisconsin State
University Conference (now WIAC) in 1966 and was commissioner of
the Mid-American Conference from 1971 until taking the SWC job in
Jacoby, a native of Logan, Ohio, took over the Lone Star
Conference job in 1994 and added the American Southwest Conference
job in 1996. He retired in June 2006.
The Lone Star Conference consists of 15 NCAA Division II
schools, including six in Oklahoma.
"I'm saddened to hear of Fred's passing, but I'm glad to know
that his long struggle ended peacefully," said current LSC
Commissioner Stan Wagnon, a former assistant to Jacoby. "The Lone
Star Conference was very fortunate to be a part of Fred's legacy
and I feel blessed to have worked with and learned from such a
Jacoby was the first commissioner of the ASC.
"Fred was a thoughtful and dedicated leader in intercollegiate
athletics throughout his career, influencing the lives and careers
of student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff at the many
schools, conferences and organizations he was involved with," ASC
commissioner Amy Carlton said. "He maintained a passion for
college athletics and a keen interest in the ASC and Division III
throughout his struggle with multiple myeloma."
Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Marcia; sons
Tom, Steve and Bob; and two grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were pending.