Rogers State University

Rogers State University Athletics
1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017
NAIA Oklahoma South
Public Small National competitor


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Derek Larkin

Derek Larkin is in his 14th season leading the Rogers State men's soccer team after creating the program in 2007. In December of 2020, Larkin added administrative duties to his responsibilities, being named the Director of Athletic Facilities and Events.

Larkin has established a winning tradition on the Hill, leading the Hillcats to a 127-89-26 record in 13 seasons, including the program's first conference championship in 2019.

Under Larkin, the 2019 Hillcats had the most successful season in school history, as Rogers State defeated Fort Hays State in a penalty shootout to lift the GAC/MIAA Conference Championship trophy. Rogers State was ranked for a majority of the season and had the program's first two NCAA All-America selections, forward Jake Simpson and goalkeeper Dillon Dean. Simpson was also named an Academic All-American.

The accolades for the Hillcats also included GAC/MIAA Newcomer of the Year honors for defender Jaime Ponce and seven Hillcats earned al-conference honors, including five first-team selections. Hillcats earned 12 different athlete of the week honors and Jake Simpson set multiple school records, including goals (14) and points (36) in a season.

Larkin, who also started the women's soccer program in 2007 and coached them to an 84-43-8 record over the program's first seven seasons, surpassed the 200-career coaching win milestone at Rogers State with the Hillcats 2-1 win over Oklahoma Christian on September 12, 2019. In 20 combined seasons leading RSU, Larkin has compiled a 211-132-34 (.605 win percentage) record on College Hill.

During his 13 seasons with the men's soccer program, Larkin has amassed 11 seasons of .500 or better, including five straight after 2019. He also has guided the Hillcats to eight 10+ win seasons.

Larkin became the first coach at RSU to guide their program to postseason play after moving to the NCAA Division II in 2016 and has guided the Hillcats to several major victories. In 2018, the Hillcats knocked off perennial power Rockhurst with a 2-0 victory at Soldier Field. In 2017, Larkin earned his 100th career win for the men's soccer program at RSU with a 1-0 win over national power Fort Hays State. In 2016, the Hillcats knocked off No. 3 St. Edward's.

During his 13 years with Rogers State, Larkin has coached and guided four All-Americans, six Conference Players of the Year (two Players, two Goalkeepers and two Newcomer), 30 All-Region/District selections and 64 All-Conference selections. His athletes have also succeeded on the academic side, as he has coached eight Academic All-American selections, 34 Academic All-Region/District and Scholar-Athlete honorees and had two teams earn an Academic Team distinction.

Both the RSU men and women enjoyed double-digit win totals in each of their first five seasons and qualified for the Sooner Athletic Conference postseason tournament in each of the six seasons it was a member.

Larkin led both of his first-year programs to a second-place finish in the SAC and a spot in the Region VI Tournament in 2007, reaching the postseason with both squads again in 2008, 2009, and 2010. He spurred the Hillcat women to the SAC Tournament Championship during their inaugural season and was named 2007 SAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year for his efforts.

Larkin joined RSU in January 2007, tasked with being the University’s first head soccer coach. Before coming to the Hill, Larkin enjoyed success as the head boy’s soccer coach at Bishop Kelley High School from 2004-06. He led the Comets to back-to-back state championships in 2005 and 2006.

He previously served as the head men's and women's soccer coach at Bacone College from 2002 to 2004. He was named the Red River Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2002 after leading the Lady Warriors to the conference championship.

Larkin also worked as both the men's and women's head soccer coach at Missouri Valley College from 1997 to 1999 and at Catoosa High School from 1999 to 2002. He compiled six district championships at Catoosa and was honored as the head coach of the Oklahoma All-State team in 2002.

A four-year starter at Missouri Valley College, Larkin was a two-year captain leading the Vikings to two Heart of America Athletic Conference championships. He was twice named first-team all-conference and second-team all-region.

Larkin also serves as a coach for the Oklahoma Energy FC, where he has worked with youth age groups for the last three seasons. In his club coaching career, Larkin has collected six Presidents Cup Oklahoma State Championships and a runner-up finish..

Larkin and his wife Christy have two boys, Zach and Adam, and reside in Owasso.

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Jake Simpson

Jake Simpson joined the men’s soccer coaching staff this spring after graduating from Rogers State in the fall semester. Simpson is coming off one of the best seasons Rogers State athletics as ever seen.

In 2019, Simpson was recognized on the national scale several times. The honors include United Soccer Coaches All-America Third Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region First Team and D2CCA All-Central Region First Team.

Simpson broke two school records in his senior season. He would put 37 shots on goal and finished with 36 points for the season, averaging 1.8 points per game.

Simpson also received several conference honors including All-GAC/MIAA First Team, GAC/MIAA All-Tournament Team, GAC/MIAA Distinguished Scholar Student-Athlete, and Three-time GAC/MIAA Offensive Player of the Week

Simpson’s past honors include All-Heartland Conference Third Team, Selected CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-West Region honors in 2017 and in 2016 he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division II Men's All-South Central Region Second Team and All-Heartland Conference First Team.

Simpson played in 59 games for the Hillcats, and started in 57 games. He would total 4,729 minutes of playing time on the pitch. He scored 27 goals in his career on the Hill, with 14 of those goals coming in his final season.

Simpson graduated from Rogers State in the fall of 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management – Fitness.

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