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Published: Thursday, 2/13/2014 - Updated: 5 months ago

Yellow Jackets soccer coach Timbrook steps down

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Mike Timbrook has stepped down after 12 successful seasons as the boys soccer coach at Perrysburg.

Timbrook led the Yellow Jackets to a 142-57-28 record and 63-12-9 mark in the Northern Lakes League.

Timbrook spent 23 years at Perrysburg, first serving as an assistant under Pete Raffa for 11 seasons.

Timbrook, who is a jet pilot in the Ohio Air National Guard, said the decision to step down was made because of a change in his career path. He is retiring from the military to become a commercial airline pilot.

“It was nice to have so many dedicated kids over the years,” Timbrook said. “Running the program was like a full-time job [year round]. This transition period will not allow me to put in the time and dedication needed to be a soccer coach.”

Timbrook came to Perrysburg with Raffa, a fellow pilot, in 1989. They took over the varsity team in 1994. From 1998-2004, Perrysburg won seven straight NLL titles. During an 11-year span (1994-2005), Perrysburg won the league 10 times.

In 2001, the Yellow Jackets became the first team from the Toledo area to reach the state title game. In December of that same year, Raffa died suddenly from a heart attack.

Perrysburg went 10-7-2 overall, 3-2-2 in the NLL last year, and 15 seniors will be back.



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