High School Sports


Choctaw baseball coach Mark Craft retires

by Jacob Unruh Published: May 28, 2014

For the first time in 27 years, Choctaw is looking for a new baseball coach.

Last week longtime coach Mark Craft announced his retirement at the school’s sports banquet, ending a run that began in 1987.

“I was only with him for nine months, but I know he’s been here, been to the state tournament numerous times and just did a fabulous job with the kids and our program,” Choctaw athletic director Todd Dilbeck said. “Our goal right now is to find that person who can keep it and take it to the next level like he did.”

The Yellowjackets are fresh off making the Class 6A state tournament, where they lost in the opening round to Jenks.

Dilbeck said the search has already begun for Craft’s replacement and that interviews could begin as early as Friday.

“Our goal is try to get it done as quick as we can, find the person that fits best for us at Choctaw,’ Dilbeck said.

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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