Jenks High School Head Football Coach Allan Trimble announced his retirement Thursday, April 12.
The announcement took place next to the stadium named for him. Coach Trimble's retirement will end a 22-year career at Jenks.
Coach Trimble has guided Jenks to 13 state championships and set multiple 6A state records, but his legacy goes beyond what he did on the field, but into the community, where he mentored so many.
"I tell ya, this is a challenging day. I was going to come in here and try to put my tough guy face on, but I don't think I'm going to be able to do that today. But, sentimental, yeah. Sentimental. So, yeah, you couldn't script it. You couldn't even make it up. So, it's been such a blessing. I mean, God has just blown it out."
The past couple of seasons, Trimble's health was declining due to being diagnosed with ALS in 2016.
"ALS is very unforgiving. You get tired. On my greatest day I wasn't very athletic, okay, but now, I'm not very athletic, I can't get around very good, and this program deserves someone who can go full speed," Trimble said.
He said, "I think I started playing football in 1976. That's a long time ago. And I don't think I've ever missed a season. To take a step and walk out, and walk away from what that looks like, I mean, it's a tough one."
Trimble said he knows in his heart it's time for some new air to hit the sails.
Trimble will officially step down on June 30th. He said he will continue to mentor kids and plans to put his energy into the Allan Trimble Foundation.
Jenks Public Schools says they will now conduct a search for his replacement.