Allan Trimble Announces Retirement
Allan Trimble announced his retirement Thursday after 22 years as the head football coach and Director of Football at Jenks High School. His retirement will officially take effect on June 30, 2018.
Jenks Public Schools will immediately begin the search for Trimble’s successor.
Since taking over as the head coach of the Trojans in 1996, Trimble guided the program to 13 state championships and posted an overall record of 252-43 (.854). During his tenure, Trimble set multiple 6A state records including longest win streak (39 games), most consecutive state titles (6 from 1996-2001), and most consecutive playoff victories (25). The 54-year old is the most successful high school football coach in Oklahoma history and will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in August.
“I have been incredibly blessed,” Trimble remarked while reflecting on his career. “There is no other place like Jenks, and I am so thankful to my family, my players, my coaches, and our entire community for the support and love they have given to me over all these years. Stepping away from this program is not easy, but I know it is the right time.”
A native of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Trimble began his coaching career in 1987 as a linebacker coach at Owasso High School. After joining the Jenks coaching staff in 1990, Trimble was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1993 before being named head coach in 1996.
In addition to being honored four times as the Tulsa World Coach of the Year and being inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015, Trimble’s long list of national accolades includes Sporting News National Coach of the Year, Russell Athletic National Coach of the Year, USA Today National "Most Caring Coach" Award, and the 2017 American Football Coaches Association Power of Influence Award.
“The legacy Allan Trimble is leaving stretches far beyond the football field,” stated Dr. Stacey Butterfield, Superintendent of Jenks Public Schools. “Although his name will always be associated with winning, his most important work was done by positively impacting the lives of his players and setting an incredible example of humility, courage, and perseverance. He has been an inspiration to our entire community, and the number of lives he has touched with his kindness and generosity is simply remarkable.”
In August 2017, the home of the Trojans, was officially re-named, Allan Trimble Stadium. In September, Jenks Public Schools and the City of Jenks dedicated a section of B Street, which runs through the Jenks High School campus, as Allan Trimble Way.
“Jenks is home and it will always be home,” Trimble said. “It is hard for me to put into words what this community has meant to me and my family, but right now, I know this program needs someone who is more capable of giving the time and energy our players deserve. I look forward to watching this team accomplish great things in the future.”
As his legendary coaching career comes to a close, Trimble will focus on spending time with his wife, Courtney, and his daughters, Tylar and Tori. He plans to invest his energy in the Trimble Strong Foundation and its mission of faithfully serving and ministering to people both locally, and around the world.