The Legacy of Coach Allan Trimble: Presented By BancFirst Jenks

By Don King

This past December 1st, we lost what I consider the best high school football coach in Oklahoma history when Allan Trimble died due to complications from his ALS diagnosis from July 2016. His accomplishments were plenty:

• On the field record of (260-33), adjusted OSSAA record due to 2008 forfeits and 2009 self-imposed suspension was (242-41) winning percentage of .855, which is second all time in state history next Booker T. Washington’s Seymour Williams who coached in the 1940s and 50s.

• Overall district record was (147-6), overall road record was (93-11), on the field overall home record was (128-8).

• (39-14) on neutral fields.

• 13 Championships and four Runners-Up. Most might not know Trimble’s first state championship as head coach was as Jenks’ Girls Track Coach in 1995.

• His playoff record of (62-8) and winning percentage .886 is also a state record.

• Six consecutive state championships are most by any coach in Oklahoma history.

• The Trojans 39 game-winning streak (1999-2002), is a 6A record and at the time was third longest such streak in state history.

• Nearly 20 assistants who’ve become head coaches and have produced eight state championship teams on their own accord.

• The 72 All State players he had as a head coach are the most of any Oklahoma football coach.

• Four-time State Coach of the Year, 1996-97-2000-2012.

• Most Caring Coach by USA Today in 1998 for his work with Special Olympics.

• Russell Athletic National Coach of the Year, 2002.

• One of two honored nationally by US Cellular in nationwide vote for Most Valuable Coach, 2016.

• Spirit of Excellence Award, Northeastern State Univ. 2016.

• Oklahoma Coaches Assn. Hall of Fame inductee, 2016.

JENKS ASSISTANT COACH: 1990-1992
JENKS OFF. COORDINATOR: 1993-1995,
WINNING STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1993.
JENKS HEAD COACH: 1996-2017

• Providence Lifetime Leadership Award, Tulsa World inaugural honoree of Sports Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017.

• Northeastern State University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017.

• American Football Coaches Assn. Power of Influence Award, 2017.

• Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, 2018 (Only coach to be inducted while still being active coach).

• August of 2017 had Jenks Trojan stadium renamed Allan Trimble Stadium. September of 2017, B Street in front of stadium renamed Allan Trimble Way. October of 2019 nominated for National High School Hall of Fame.

But having known coach since his senior days at Northeastern State University and hearing his desire to be a math teacher and a football coach, which he did starting as an assistant at Owasso in 1987, it was apparent that he would reach those goals. But not even as a 21 year-old college graduate or as a new 32 year-old head coach could he had envisioned all those accomplishments listed above. But there’s no doubt, while working in the Cleveland oil patch while going to college, he seemed to have his life in order. His faith was unwavering and his work ethic was off the charts. Evidenced by the time he delivered a 150-pound piece of oilfield equipment to a drilling site.  He could see the site some 50 yards away but the road was so muddy, he knew not to drive through it and get stuck, so he hoisted the six-foot long tube on his right shoulder and trekked through the muck to deliver it on time.  Yet it wasn’t always a road traveled without mishaps like the 2009 selfsuspension and the subsequent 2008 forfeits for using an ineligible player.

I’ve always said they should have sent the player in question a one-way ticket back to where he came from, when that player became homeless in Jenks.  Coach felt the only way for this young man to earn his way to a college degree was to stay and be a part of the program.

What we will miss the most about coach Trimble will be his sense of humor, his love for his God and his family.  Because as great as a coach, he was a better father. His Trimble Strong Foundation was just as important to his legacy when he contacted ALS as was his passion for turning young men into good men and fathers themselves.

Thanks Coach for allowing us to enjoy your magic carpet ride and seeing how somebody could indeed defeat ALS in his own way.

Don King is a broadcaster with 107.9 FM The Franchise in Tulsa and the voice of the Jenks Trojans. Don has spent nearly 20 as the voice of the Trojans and spent countless hours interviewing coach Trimble over the years.