Oregon Tech Head Golf Coach Jeff Corkhill.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Oregon Tech has hired Jeff Corkill as its first men’s and women’s golf coach, the school announced yesterday. The teams will start competition next year with recruiting beginning immediately.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 the last 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 is well known and a respected coach in the Klamath Basin and we are pleased we have his enthusiasm and experience to build our golf program from the bottom up,” Oregon Tech Athletic Director Mike Schell said. “I know Coach Corkill is up for the opportunity and challenge to build a competitive collegiate men’s and women’s golf program at Oregon Tech.”
“I always strive to run a highly competitive, successful program while working to develop the character of the athletes through athletic competition,” said Corkill. “With strong ties to the Klamath Falls community, and having developed strategic relationships with the coaches and golf community in the region, this will lay the groundwork to build the Oregon Tech Golf Program into a competitive force in the Cascade Conference and NAIA.”
Jeff, a 1976 graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, and his wife of 34 years, Rebecca, have two grown children, a daughter Kendra, a 2009 Oregon Tech graduate and son Blaine, an Oregon State University graduate in 2011.