McALESTER — McAlester head baseball and softball coach Jackie Cumbie officially resigned Monday, completing a career that spanned 29 years, five Oklahoma high schools and more than 700 career wins. He finished ranked 10th all-time in total wins, according to data from the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association.
Cumbie came to McAlester from Wilburton before the 2007-08 school year. His son Colton Cumbie was about to enter his senior year at MHS, and Cumbie said he changed schools so he wouldn’t miss his son’s final year playing high school baseball.
Colton went on to the University of Oklahoma, but Coach Cumbie still had his youngest son, Carter, in the McAlester school system. Carter graduated in 2012 and now plays baseball at Carl Albert State College in Poteau.
Coach Cumbie said Carter’s graduation led him to retire from teaching after the 2012-13 school year, but he stayed on to coach one more year. With Carter about to start his final year at Carl Albert, Cumbie resigned completely so he could fully enjoy what might be his last year watching his son play baseball.
In his six years coaching, Cumbie posted a 128-101 record in baseball and a 158-59 record in softball. His 700th career baseball win came in April during a two-game sweep against Tulsa Hale.
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