Rogers State University

Rogers State University Athletics
1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017
NAIA Oklahoma South
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Derek Larkin

Derek Larkin enters his 12th season leading the Rogers State men's soccer team in 2018 and has established a winning tradition on the Hill. He has led the Hillcat men to a 106-76-22 record (.563 winning percentage) in 11 seasons after registering an 84-43-8 record (.652 winning percentage) in seven years with the women's program.

Larkin led the Hillcats to their third straight winning season in 2017 and his ninth winning campaign in 11 seasons at the helm of the RSU men's soccer program. Larkin earned his 100th career win at RSU with a 1-0 win over national power Fort Hays State. The Hillcats finished the 2017 season with an 8-7-3 record. Four Hillcats were selected All-Heartland Conference in Ellis Ashworth, Declan Fitzpatrick, Jake Simpson and Jordan Watson. Simpson and Ashworth added USC Scholar All-West Region honors.

For the seventh time in his career, Larkin guided the Hillcats to a double digit win total as the navy and red finished 10-6-3 in 2016. In their first season eligible for NCAA Division II postseason, the Hillcats clinched a spot in the Heartland Conference Tournament with a 7-5-2 record in league play. Under Larkin's tutelage, Jake Simpson was named All-South Central Region Second Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and All-Heartland Conference First Team. Jordan Watson earned Heartland Conference All-Tournament honors for the Cats' first-ever NCAA Division II postseason appearance.

Larkin led the Hillcats to their most successful season since joining the Heartland Conference in 2015 as RSU went 10-5-3 and 4-2-2 in the league, finishing third in the league standings in 2015. Dylan Beaird was named the Heartland Conference Offensive Player of the Year along with first team all-conference accolades. Joining Beaird on the league's first team was Niall Masterson, with three more Hillcats earning second-team honors. Along with the conference honors, Larkin had four Hillcats land on the NSCAA All-South Central Region team with Beaird on the first team. Beaird and Masterson added to the list of honorees as they were first-team picks on the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) All-Region team.

In his first season working strictly with the men, Larkin led the Cats to a 7-10 mark going 3-5 in Heartland Conference play to finish in a tie for sixth. RSU started the season with back-to-back road wins and victories in three of its first four matches and added consecutive wins two other times during the year.

Since joining the Heartland Conference in 2013, Larkin has coached 14 all-conference selections including one offensive player of the year in Beaird (2015) five first-team honorees in Simpson (2016), Beaird (2015), Masterson (2015), Danko Kenjic (2014), and Mitchell Sowerby (2013). He also had two women's players named to the all-conference third-team in 2013 and received the Heartland Silver Sportsmanship Award.

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.

Under Larkin's guidance, the Hillcats have produced two NAIA All-Americans, eight First-Team All-SAC members, 28 Second-Team All-SAC members, one SAC Player of the Year, one SAC Newcomer of the Year, two SAC Goalkeepers of the Year, four National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NAIA All-Southwest Team members, five Capital One Academic All-America honorees, 12 Capital One Academic All-District players, two United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-West Region, one NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-America, four NSCAA Scholar All-South Region honorees, and 12 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete recipients. His 2010 women’s team earned the NSCAA Academic Team Award and the 2012 women’s team was named an NAIA Scholar Team.

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.

He currently serves as a boy’s coach for the Northeast Oklahoma Futbol Club and is the former director of coaching for the Oklahoma Revolution Soccer Club and girl’s head coach for the Tulsa Nationals Soccer Club. He has collected four Directors Cup Oklahoma State Championships in his coaching career.

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

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Mitchell Sowerby

Mitchell Sowerby begins his third season as an assistant coach for the Rogers State men's soccer team after completing a stellar four-year career as a defender for the Hillcats.

During the 2017 campaign, RSU put together an 8-7-3 record with one of the toughest schedules in NCAA Division II. Sowerby helped the Hillcats total four All-Heartland Conference selections in Ellis Ashworth, Declan Fitzpatrick, Jake Simpson and Jordan Watson.

In Sowerby's first season, the Hillcats advanced to the Heartland Conference Tournament for the first time in program history, finishing with a 10-6-3 record and 7-5-2 in the Heartland Conference. Sowerby coached All-South Central Region Second Team and All-Heartland Conference First Team selection Jake Simpson in Sowerby's first season on the coaching staff.

Sowerby, a native of Newcastle, England, is the only three-time All-Heartland Conference selection in the program's history. He earned first-team honors as a sophomore in 2013 and was named second-team all-conference two consecutive seasons as a junior and senior. In his final two seasons, Sowerby earned NSCAA All-South Central Region honors, and he was a NSCAA Scholar All-South Region. Sowerby appeared in 70 games and started in 66, including every game in his final three seasons, and played more career minutes than any other field player in program history.

Sowerby served as an assistant coach for the NEOFC 99 Girls Blue and White club teams, and he will serve as the head coach for the NEOFC 98 Girls, 00 Girls Blue, and 05 Boys Blue clubs during the 2016-17 season. In his time as an assistant, he directed all on-field training sessions for the Owasso based club teams and led the NEOFC 99 Girls Blue to a President's Cup championship before advancing to represent Oklahoma at regionals. The team also won the Heartland Invitational championship in Overland Park, Kansas.

He holds a United States Soccer Federation National "D" License and F.A. Level 1 (England) coaching licenses. Sowerby graduated from Rogers State with a bachelor's degree in business administration in the spring of 2016.

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