Riggs named State Coach of the Year by the Oklahoman
Jenks head football coach Keith Riggs has been apart of the Trojan program as a coach for more than a decade, so he has his share of winning state championships, but he earned his first gold ball as the head coach this year.
Because of his accomplishment, Riggs was named the 2020 Oklahoman Coach of the Year.
“I was a little surprised,” Riggs said. “I hadn’t thought about it even being an option. If you look across the state and the number of coaches that have outstanding seasons, there are so many coaches that would be deserving of the honor. I just really didn’t even think about it to be honest. It’s certainly an honor. It’s a tribute to our team and how they performed, especially in the playoffs. While I get named for it, it’s really a team honor and for our coaching staff as well.”
Riggs the coaching level in Oklahoma high school football is very high right now.
“There is some really good coaching going on right now in Oklahoma,” Riggs said. “The coaching staffs in this state don’t get enough credit for the job they do, both in developing great football teams and developing young men. There are so many coaches I have met throughout the years that I have learned from who have maximized what they have on their team. They get the most out of them and try to develop good young men in the process. We have a great group of coaches in the state of Oklahoma.”
Riggs attributed a lot of his success to his coaching staff under him at Jenks.
“We have got such a great group of guys on staff here,” Riggs said. “They are great to be around and extremely hard workers, very committed and are in it for the right reasons. When you combine all those things you have a recipe for success. The number of hours these guys put in on the weekends and into the evenings on the weekdays combined with the offseason is a tribute to them the success we have had. They want our kids to be as prepared as they can going into a game and on the flipside our kids respond to that. They take the game plan and execute it, but it starts with our coaches, the relationships they build with the young men and the time and commitment is just awesome.”
Riggs said he has some time to reflect on the 2020 season for the Trojans and how unique and special it was to him and his staff.
“To some degree every year, but especially this year with the pandemic, during the season you are so into the moment, it is really difficult to try to stop and reflect on what has been accomplished. I think it is satisfying to look at what we were able to accomplish, the things our team was able to overcome, the adversity we faced with the pandemic and what our kids were willing to sacrifice. It would be easy for kids to complain and get caught up on what they are not able to do and our kids and our coaches never did that. Whatever they faced, they approached it with a great attitude and with a great focus on our team goals and I think that was one of the keys to the success we had. To look back on it now is really special.”
Also, on the Oklahoman’s First Team All-State roster was senior offensive lineman Logan Nobles and defensive back Jayden Patrick.
Nobles signed his Letter of Intent in December to play collegiate football at Oklahoma State University and Patrick will sign his Letter of Intent in February to play college football at Lindenwood University.