Jake Corbin is now the new head football coach at Choctaw after a special board meeting on Thursday afternoon. It’ll be Corbin’s third stop as a varsity head coach.
But it’s what he has learned in his prior two stops at Sapulpa and Del City that speaks volumes.
“I’ve learned that kids everywhere need men in their lives,” Corbin said. “As men, we’ve done a terrible job of that. We hope that the current generation will do a better job than ours.”
That’s a pretty powerful statement, one that trumps just about anything else Corbin could say about being hired to lead the Yellowjackets.
At Del City in 2016, Corbin led the Eagles to a 6-5 record and a playoff berth that ended with a first-round loss to Bishop McGuinness. For Corbin, delivering his departure message to his players on Thursday was difficult.
“It’s extremely difficult to leave Del City. I love my kids here. I’ve formed lifelong bonds with these kids and they are champions,” said Corbin, who has also served assistant roles at Union, Del City and Broken Arrow. “The next coach is going to walk into a gold mine of extremely talented and terrific, high-character young men.”
Now he takes over the position that Todd Dilbeck vacated. Dilbeck left Choctaw to become an assistant director for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
“The community support is out of this world and the facilities are top notch,” Corbin said of Choctaw. “The district has made a commitment to providing the best environment possible for students. Coach Dilbeck and his staff have done a wonderful job, and I believe the recipe is already there.”
It certainly is, based on the Yellowjackets being on the verge of a Class 6AII title contender in 2016 despite not making the playoffs. Choctaw went 5-5 but all five setbacks were by seven points or less.
“It’s limitless,” Corbin said of Choctaw’s potential. “The ingredients are there: great town to live in, high academics, community support, facilities, talent. Now, combine that with a committed administration and I believe it is a top-tier program.”