Oregon Institute of Technology

Coaches

Jeff Corkill

Jeff Corkill, Head Golf Coach

Jeff Corkill enters his second year leading both the Oregon Tech men’s and women’s golf squads.  In his first season of competition in the Cascade Colligate Conference The Men’s team finish 4th place and the Women’s competed to a 5th place finish. Corkill has recruited several top players for the upcoming season with the goal to improve on the teams finishes and to move into the upper tier of the CCC.
 
Corkill served as Head Boys Golf Coach at Henley High School for 19 seasons, and after retiring from the Klamath County School District in 2010, spent two years as an assistant for the Hornets boy’s and girls’ golf programs.  Corkill established the golf program at HHS in Klamath Falls in 1991, eventually leading the Hornets to 10-straight state championship appearances from 2000-2009.   Corkill led the HHS boys golf team to Skyline Conference Championships from 2000-2004 earning Skyline Coach of the Year accolades on five occasions.

Corkill began teaching Health and Physical education beginning at Brixner Junior High in 1981, while also serving both Henley High School (1992-09) and Mazama High School (2009-10) in the same capacity.  During that time Corkill served as an assistant wrestling coach (1982-90) and head football coach (1990-91) at Brixner, and at Mazama was an assistant football coach from 1983-89.  Aside from coaching golf at Henley, Corkill was an assistant football coach for the Hornets from 1991-2001.

Jeff, a 1976 graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, and his wife of 35 years, Rebecca, have two grown children, a daughter Kendra, a 2009 Oregon Tech graduate and son Blaine, an Oregon State University graduate in 2011.   
 
Assistant Coach Steve Oates

Steve Oates, Assistant Golf Coach

Steve began his golf career early playing high school golf on the Monterey Peninsula in California, earning MVP honors both his Junior and Senior seasons.  Steve continued his golf career at the University of California, Davis where he earned a B.A. in Economics in 1972.

In 1999, Oates volunteered to start the golf program at Woodland Christian High School in Woodland, Calif. where he served as Head Coach for 5 years, improving the squad from two wins the first year to a perfect 17-0 season in 2004. During his tenure at WCHS Oates earned Coach of the Year honors on two occasions.  

Steve’s professional career in the Travel Industry spanned 31 years, serving in various capacities for the airlines, as well as 27 years as Director of Corporate Sales at a large travel management company headquartered in Sacramento, Calif.   Steve retired in 2008 and moved to Klamath Falls with his wife of 35 years, Susan.  

Assistant Coach Jim Jones

Jim Jones, Assistant Golf Coach

Jim Jones has over 50 years of coaching experience at the youth, high school, college, semi-pro and international levels. He served as assistant baseball coach at Stanford University before becoming head coach at the University of Wyoming and St. Mary’s College (CA). Presently he is retired from teaching and is on the board and is the Past- President of International Sports Group, Inc., a non-profit organization that conducts baseball clinic internationally.

After finishing his college baseball coaching in 1991, Jim started working as a consultant and international Envoy Coach for Major League Baseball International. He has worked with baseball coaches and players throughout Europe and has coached national teams in Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain and France.

As an active member of ISG’s board, Jim has organized and staged baseball coaches’ clinics in over 10 European countries, Canada and New Zealand.

Jim’s golf coaching experience includes his role as assistant golf coach at Antioch (CA) High School and golf instructor at the University of Wyoming.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and a Masters from Stanford University.

Jim and his wife of 50 years, Sally, have two grown sons, Don and Mickey and one grandson, Kalliah Creek.

R. Bruce Wilkins

R. Bruce Wilkins, Swing Coach

Bruce began his golf career after graduating from the Professional Golf Management program at Arizona State University.  After gaining his Class A status with the PGA of America, he was fortunate to work at several of Tucson’s premier golf course’s, including Tucson Country Club where he ran the Junior Golf Program.  While at Ventana Canyon Resort he was a staff instructor for the Ventana Canyon Golf School.

Bruce’s career has also included time working for Troon Golf Management at Sun Valley Resort’s Elkhorn, in his home state of Idaho, and as a private PGA Teaching Professional for some of China’s top-ranked junior players in San Diego, Calif., where he took one student to top honors at the Callaway Junior worlds.

Bruce currently divides his time between Klamath Falls and Mendocino, Calif., where he coaches the Mendocino High School golf team.  Bruce considers the Running Y Golf Course one of the best and he is honored to be part of the Running Y family.

Bruce was mentored by some of the Southwest’s top-rated instructors and his teaching is influenced by golf methods of both past and present.  He is a true student of the game and incorporates historic principals, basic fundamental and modern methods of motion and analysis in his instruction.

A patient and devoted instructor, Bruce enjoys working with golfers of all ages and abilities.  He strives to individualize each lesson to help his students better understand their own game and enjoy the challenges of golf.

Bruce is married to his loving wife, Amy.