Matt Jakobsze is in his fifth year as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance for the Eastern Michigan University athletic department. In that role, Jakobsze oversees all compliance operations, with responsibility for legislation, governance, policy, amateurism, financial aid, waivers, and investigations. Jakobsze serves as EMU’s liaison to the NCAA and Mid-American Conference for NCAA rules interpretations. Matt is also an advisor for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and liaises with Financial Aid, Registrar, Admissions, Housing, and Dining.
Jakobsze is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC), and serves as Chair of the Marketing & Strategic Communications Committee. He is also a member of the MAC Student-Athlete Well-Being Committee, and the LEAD1 Compliance Working Group.
Jakobsze joined Eastern Michigan after serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at the University of Nebraska Omaha, and before that as the Compliance Coordinator at Mid-American Conference member Northern Illinois University where he also supported NIU's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. While in law school, Jakobsze started the externship program between NIU's Huskie Athletic Compliance Office and Northern Illinois University’s College of Law.
Jakobsze received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Northern Illinois University’s College of Law. While at NIU, Jakobsze was a member of the Board of Editors of the Northern Illinois University Law Review, President of the College of Law’s Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and represented NIU in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He has published three articles, including an American Bar Association award-winning article discussing Major League Soccer, collective bargaining, and the antitrust implications of diverging ownership interests.
Jakobsze is a magna cum laude graduate of Dominican University (River Forest, Ill.), where he majored in psychology and political science and was a Northern Athletics Conference Scholar-Athlete. While at Dominican, Jakobsze captained the men’s soccer team, and led Dominican to regular and conference tournament championships in 2006 and 2007, NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007, and to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2006.
A native of Palatine, IL, he is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association.