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Tamara Jacobus, who molded Indian Land High School’s volleyball and girls basketball teams into state powers, is leaving the Lancaster County Class AA school.
Jacobus, a McBee native, is moving to Class AAAA Clover High School, where she will coach the Lady Blue Eagles’ volleyball team and teach math in the school’s freshman academy. Her assistant coach will be former Indian Land volleyball and basketball star Jean Marie Harris.
Jacobus said the move came after making “one of the toughest decisions” in her life.
“Indian Land feels like home and I’ve been here longer than any place,” she said. “I have so many great memories here. I’ve worked with great people here. I’m proud to have worked here.”
Led volleyball team to four state titles
In 17 seasons leading the Indian Land volleyball program, Jacobus produced a 302-114 record with four state titles – 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2004. The Lady Warriors’ 1996 state title was the first in any sport at the Lancaster County Panhandle school.
Under Jacobus’ guidance, the Lady Warriors captured 14 region volleyball championships, the same number of times she won the region Coach of the Year title.
She was named the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association volleyball Coach of the Year in 2004 after winning her fourth state volleyball title.
Jacobus produced five Class A players of the year, 14 region players of the year and 33 all-region selections in volleyball.
Led basketball team to two Upstate titles
In addition to volleyball, Jacobus also led the Lady Warriors basketball program, posting a 277-138 record for 18 seasons.
She guided the Lady Warriors to two state championship game appearances, a pair of Upper State crowns and four region titles. Jacobus led her team to the Class A Upper State basketball playoffs each season as the Lady Warriors’ coach.
Jacobus twice served as a coach in the annual North-South All-Star game, leading the North stars to a win at North Myrtle Beach High School in the 2011 game. She also served as a North assistant coach in 2009.
Jacobus said she’s excited about her new duties at Clover.
“Any coach would be excited to continue their career with the academic and athletic excellence of Clover High School,” Jacobus said. “Women’s athletics is also a high priority there.”
A National Board Certified teacher, Jacobus was named the 2011 Lancaster County School District High School Teacher of the Year.