School Resource Officer

Officer Marsinick Hits The Beat At PLSD
Posted on 04/01/2021
Officer Jacob MarsinickPerkins Police Officer Jacob Marsinick has a new beat: The hallways and classrooms of Perkins Local School District’s four buildings. This week, Officer Marsinick officially became the district’s newest School Resource Officer.

But that’s not his only gig. Officer Marsinick is also the new Perkins High School boys tennis coach. The team’s season began this week – and it’s off to a winning start at 2-1.

Officer Marsinick, a Vermilion native and a 2009 graduate of St. Mary Central Catholic in Sandusky, graduated from Lake Erie College in 2012 with a bachelors degree in criminal justice.

He worked as a security officer at Cedar Point from 2009 to 2013. He started as a part-time police officer on the Perkins Township force in 2013 and became a full-time officer in 2014.

PHS Tennis Coach Jacob MarsinekHe heard the calling to be a police officer while still in high school, when he went on a ride-along with a police officer, he says.

“I just liked it,” Officer Marsinick says. “And, I know I didn’t want to sit behind a desk. In law enforcement, every day is different – and I like to help people.”

Jump ahead to 2021 when the opportunity to transition from a road patrol officer to a School Resource Officer arose. He jumped at it. Being an SRO presented a new challenge. “I wanted to interact more with students.”

And, while the timing of becoming a School Resource Officer and the Boys Tennis coach coincided, they were not intertwined, but separate interests.

Coach Marsinick heard about the Boys Tennis opening last fall, after former Boys Coach Joe Taylor retired. Coach Marsinick approached PHS Athletic Director Ted Sturzinger about the position last fall.

He seemed a natural fit. He played tennis throughout high school and college. The Perkins Board of Education hired him as the tennis coach in November.

Looking ahead to the season, Coach Marsinick says he expects to have a decent season, probably finishing in the middle of the SBC’s Lake Division. His surprise, though, was the number of boys – 22 – that came out for the squad.

“I didn’t think I’d get that many,” he says. The squad includes eight seniors, two of whom never played.

He also expects in the role of Coach Marsinick will help him get to know the students outside the classrooms, which is going to help him when he suits up as Officer Marsinick.

Congrats – and welcome aboard.