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Longtime Choctaw softball coach Steve McIver dies

by Jacob Unruh Modified: July 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm •  Published: July 1, 2014

Steve McIver hadn’t even received his first retirement check.

The longtime Choctaw coach retired this spring but recently died, sending shock throughout the Choctaw community.

“When you retire, you think you’re going to get to really live life more,” Choctaw athletic director Todd Dilbeck said. “It’s just really sad for the Choctaw community.”

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Country Estates Baptist Church in Midwest City.

McIver spent more than 20 years coaching softball at Choctaw, winning the Class 5A championship in 1994, and also coached junior high and American Legion baseball.

He was The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Coach of the Year in 1995.

“I know it’s affected our community because of the type of person he was,” Dilbeck said. “When you’ve been embedded in the community as long as he was, you’ve made your friends. It’s a sad deal for Choctaw and the Choctaw community.”

Choctaw went 18-22 in fastpitch during the fall. The Yellowjackets named former Oklahoma standout catcher Lindsey Vandever Mudgett as McIver’s replacement in March.

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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