Jenks Public Schools’ officials, football coaches reflect on Allan Trimble’s life, legacy
Legendary Jenks football coach, Allan Trimble, passed away Sunday morning at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa after a multi-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Trimble took over as the head coach of the Trojans in 1996 and during his tenure, he guided the program to 13 state championships and posted an overall record of 252-43, which was a .854 winning percentage.
“We are so deeply saddened by the passing of Allan Trimble,” said Dr. Stacey Butterfield, Superintendent of Jenks Public Schools. “Our hearts are with his family and we offer them our most sincere condolences. Allan will certainly be remembered for what he accomplished on the football field, but his legacy is in the lives of the student-athletes he mentored and all those he impacted with his example of humility, service and courage. He lifted up everyone around him and he will be greatly missed by so many in our community.”
Trimble’s multiple 6A records include longest single-game winning streak at 39 games, most consecutive state championships at six and most consecutive playoff victories at 25. At the time of his retirement, Trimble was the most successful high school football coach in Oklahoma history.
Trimble’s 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. Trimble was also inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Trimble family,” said Jenks head football coach Keith Riggs. “Even though we all knew this day was coming back when Allan received his diagnosis in 2016, you can never truly prepare for this. Allan touched so many lives throughout his time here. As Courtney (Trimble’s wife) mentioned today, she wants this to be a celebration and a remembrance and a rejoicing of Allan’s life and all that he did for those around him. Allan had so many wonderful qualities, but I think the two that will always stand out to me are his humility throughout all his success and his desire to serve others. That is what made him so special. Even through his illness, it was always about other people.”
Before being named head coach in 2018, Riggs had been an assistant on Trimble’s staff since 2003.
In 2016, Trimble was diagnosed with ALS, but continued to coach the Trojans through the conclusion of the 2017 season and he announced his official retirement in April of 2018. He lived out his final years investing his energy in the Trimble Strong Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming people and communities both locally, and across the globe.
In August of 2017, the Jenks High School football field, was officially re-named, Allan Trimble Stadium. One month later, 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 Public Schools Director of Athletics Tony Dillingham worked alongside Trimble since 2001. Dillingham said he was blessed to have the opportunity to work with Trimble.
“He was very knowledgeable about the community and helped me as I worked way my way into this position at Jenks Public Schools, Dillingham said. “He was a mentor to me at that time and continued to be throughout our entire tenure together until he retired. It has always been about family. Allan lived what he talked about when he talked about faith, family and football. He personified that in his every day walk. It’s not something you see every day in the world. Allan talked about servanthood and what it truly means to be a servant and Allan did that every day of his life. It was always about what others needed. He has been a blessing in a lot of ways and will continue to be a blessing because of the leadership he had with all his coaches and his coaching tree he has created.”
Trimble was a native of Cleveland, Oklahoma and a graduate of Cleveland High School and Northeastern State University. He began his coaching career in 1987 as a linebackers’ 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.
“Allan’s heart was always in the right place,” said Mike Means, Site Principal at Jenks High School from 1993 to 2016. “He was a man of great faith, and he used football as a platform to teach so many young men how to be better people. He emphasized character above everything else, and he will always be remembered here in Jenks for not only creating a winning tradition, but for being a positive role model to everyone he met.”
Trimble is survived by his wife, Courtney, and his two daughters, Tylar Isenberg and Tori Trimble. He was 56 years old.
Publisher’s note: The Trimble family and Jenks Public Schools asks that if anyone is interested assisting the Trimble family during this time, that they would donate to the Trimble Strong Foundation.