Sapulpa Welcomes Broken Arrow OC Jake Corbin As New Head Football Coach
SAPULPA, Oklahoma - Sapulpa High School introduced Jake Corbin as its new head football coach Friday afternoon. Corbin was Broken Arrow's offensive coordinator this year. He also previously coached at Union and Del City. Corbin has coached under some of the state's most high profile high school coaches, including Kirk Fridrich who has four state championship titles under his belt.
Corbin has received a lot support on social media for his new venture. Many of his previous players congratulated him via Twitter for getting the position.
Broken Arrow football player Samuel Akem tweeted a picture with the caption: “Was truly an honor to be coached by this man, hope for the best in the future! Thank you for everything!”
Westmoore Jaguars head football coach Adam Gaylor tweeted, “@JakeCorbin Congratulations on the new job! Excited for you, brother! Sapulpa got an outstanding coach!”
Sapulpa posted a 1-9 record during its 2014 season. The team's last winning seasons were in 2012 and 2013, in which they went 6-5 both years (under Mike Gottsch). Gottsch was relieved of his duties as head coach and assistant athletic director this year, with two games remaining in regular season.
After being let go, Gottsch stated, “I realize we've been getting beat down, but you certainly wish they would have let you finish out the season. I've been coaching for 26 years, and this is the first time I've been asked to leave before the season was over.” He had a 22-28 record at Sapulpa.
On the situation, Sapulpa's athletic director Onis Pankey stated, “We realize this doesn't happen in high school football, but we felt it was something we needed to do at this time. We felt we needed to make a change, and get things moving in the right direction.”
Corbin is excited to start immediately and transform his new team. He said, “We're going to give extreme effort on both sides of the ball, and tailor our offensive and defensive schemes to fit our kids. They will give effort, [and] they will get in the best shape they've ever been in.” He also stated, “I see talent everywhere... We have all the necessary ingredients here. We just need to put them all together for the right recipe."