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Derrick Webb

Derrick Webb

Derrick is SOSA's chief content coordinator and has worked for the Chillicothe Gazette, the Portsmouth Daily Times and Eleven Warriors. He's a 13-time award-winning journalist, a self-proclaimed baseball purist, a suffering Bengals fan and has never met a stranger.

Chillicothe tops Jackson, hands McCorkle 250th career coaching win

Chillicothe's Mike McCorkle picks up his 250th career coaching win.

Derrick Webb, Staff Writer

CHILLICOTHE — Since the day that Chillicothe coach Mike McCorkle stepped to the helm of the Cavaliers’ boys soccer program, success has followed. 

Chillicothe’s Mike McCorkle earned his 250th career coaching victory on Thursday.
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From numerous conference titles to regional final appearances, he has just about seen it all in his 24 years of experience.

And over this two-plus decade career, he’s racked up a number of awards and milestones. He hit his latest on Thursday. 

In Chillicothe’s 7-1 victory over Jackson — which moved the Cavaliers to 9-0-3 this season — McCorkle earned his 250th victory as a head coach, making him the 29th boys soccer coach in Ohio history to reach that plateau, according to the OHSAA. 

“It’s been a lot of bus trips, probably enough to go across the United States,” McCorkle said with a smile and laugh. “It’s a huge accomplishment overall and it speaks to the longevity of success that the program has had since I started back in 1998. We’ve worked since then on just building the program into what it is and I’ve been blessed to coach a lot of great kids who have great character. That’s what it’s been all about, and I take great pride in that.”

Goals from Brady Wood, Simon Brown, Isaac Crawford, Danny Bentley and Micah Thompson helped the Cavaliers put things on cruise control throughout the evening to remain unbeaten on the season. 

Currently, Chillicothe has pieced together its best regular season since 2013 when they went a perfect 16-0.

“I thought we played really well, even with it being Senior Night for us,” McCorkle said. “We started some players who would come off the bench and off the bench we had some kids who usually start. So you worry a little about if the guys’ timing is off, but we didn’t miss a beat. Everyone who played did a great job right from the start until the end.”

While McCorkle is proud of the accomplishment, it’s always been about the kids and that’s what has kept him going for the last two decades.

“He’s a really great coach and he’s always been a mentor for us players,” Brown said. “Getting this win for him is really special and sentimental for me since I’ve had family in the program for a while. He deserves all of it.”

Although McCorkle admits there have been a couple of times he’s thought about hanging it up, something always refuels his tank and gives him that drive to continue. And as long as Chillicothe will have him, he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

“I’m having a good time, although I’m sure my wife would like a fall vacation at some point,” McCorkle said with a laugh. “But I’m still enjoying what I’m doing and I appreciate the kids. If we’re still having success and no one is sick of me, then I’ll probably stick around a few more years.”

Chillicothe returns to action on Saturday, while McCorkle searches for win number 251, at home for a non-conference clash against St. Francis DeSales.

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