Ron Jacobs, basketball coach, Died at 72


Ron Jacobs was born on December 27, 1942, and died on December 24, 2015.

He was an American basketball coach.

Ron was head coach of the men’s basketball team at the Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

After turning the program around in just one season, he was invited by Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. to coach the Philippines men’s national basketball team.

Ron brought the Philippines back to prominence in basketball during the 1980s.

He revolutionized the way basketball was played in the Philippines.

Ron raised the level of technology in playing the game and turned every contest into a learning experience by showing how to win with science, hard work, team play and discipline.

On December 22, 2001, Ron suffered a stroke while driving home to his apartment in Pasig.

Ron became bedridden, unable to speak and walk.

For the remainder of his life, he continued to live in the Philippines with his wife, Menen.

Ron Jacobs passed away on the evening of December 24, 2015 in Makati, three days short of his 73rd birthday from complications of the stroke he suffered 14 years prior.