Over 31 years as a boys soccer coach in the Orlando area, Larry McCorkle developed a coaching legacy that includes compiling a career record of 585-177-56, winning three state championships and coaching seven All-Americans.
A graduate of Winter Park High School, McCorkle attended the University of Central Florida, graduating in 1974 with a degree in physical education. He initially wanted to coach football, but there were strings attached to the promise of an eventual assistant coaching job at Seminole High School in Sanford: he would have to coach the soccer team for the first year. McCorkle took the job and became a devotee of the sport. After his tenure at Seminole, he coached at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando for four years, winning three state titles and setting a state-record win streak of 44 games from 1978-81. One of his players even set a national record for goals in a season with 61.
McCorkle began his longest coaching stint at Lake Mary High School in 1982, where he remained for 22 years. He coached the Rams to six FHSAA Finals appearances, including two state runner-up finishes in 1987 and 2003, and eight more regional appearances. He retired from coaching in 2005.
As the state soccer chairman for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, McCorkle organized the first state soccer poll and all-state team. He also organized the first soccer all-star game and the annual FACA soccer clinic. McCorkle served on the FHSAA soccer advisory committee for several years, helping with rules clarifications during a time when the sport was experiencing considerable growth.
McCorkle was the National Soccer Coaches Association state chairman for All-America nominations from 1980-85, and was named State Coach of the Year twice. He is a member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and the Seminole County Halls of Fame, and received a National Merit Award from the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association of America in 1993.