Michelle Jakubowski enjoyed two years as Huntley’s athletic director, but missed the competitive outlet that coaching volleyball provided.
So Jakubowski pursued the girls volleyball coaching position at Barrington when it opened this spring and was officially approved as the hire by District 220’s school board in its meeting Tuesday night. Jakubowski's hiring was intially reported by the Northwest Herald last Thursday.
Jakubowski, an 18-year coaching veteran, will also teach math at Barrington. She will finish at Huntley as AD through June 30 before moving over to Barrington.
“Really, my passion is for coaching and the academic side of things,” Jakubowski said. “I really miss that part of it. Unless you’ve been AD, you don’t know exactly what goes into it. What I’m best at is coaching volleyball and being in the academic side, helping students in some way.”
Jakubowski coached at Winnebago and Lake Zurich before taking over at Huntley in 2006. Her Red Raiders teams were 149-75 in six seasons and she has more than 350 career victories. Jakubowski played volleyball at NCAA Division I Northeastern Illinois.
“She is an experienced coach whose enthusiasm and passion for the game are perfect fits for the programs at Barrington,” Broncos AD Mike Obsuszt said in a press release. “Michelle will do a great job leading our girls volleyball program.”
Andy Jakubowski, MIchelle’s husband, will stay at Huntley as English teacher and head baseball coach. Their oldest daughter, Taryn, will be a junior and was a standout on the Raiders’ soccer team.
“it wasn’t an easy decision by any means,” Michelle said. “Andy [her husband] and I discussed things. I would never have left for just anything. Barrington has great school traditions in athletics and academics. Huntley AD is a great position, I loved doing it for two years, and I think I did a pretty good job with it. I want nothing but what’s best for Huntley.”