Jenks Football Coach Allan Trimble officially became a hall of famer Sunday as the Oklahoma Coaches Association inducted him into the Class of 2015.
You can't talk high school football in this state without Jenks, and you can't talk Jenks without Coach Trimble.
”I tell you what, I've been playing back a lot of great memories, great coaches, great families that have passed through Jenks, all the great players. I don't know, it's a big sentimental week for me I guess," he said.
There are plenty of memories to choose from for the Jenks head coach – 231 wins, 12 state championships and 19 seasons as the man in charge of one of the most prestigious programs around.
“Obviously, my very first year, 1996, when we were able to come back and win a championship, the first one is always great," Trimble said.
His Trojans won the gold ball each of his first six seasons. The 1998 season, title number three, still stands out, he said.
At the time, Trimble said, "I just attribute this team to developing and working hard, and coming back from a 1-2 record and beating the number six team in the nation, you know Union has a great team, you just have to credit our kids and our coaches for really bringing it along."
Trimble recalled that season, saying, "We beat a great, great Union team, and it was an upset. We probably had no business being out there.”
After the game, News On 6 Sports Director John Holcomb, said, "Perfect is in the eye of the beholder, because the Redskins’ perfect season came to a disappointing end, thanks to the Trojans. You didn't have to listen all that carefully to hear the chants of 'threepeat' all the way back down the turnpike."
Trimble’s legacy will now live on in the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to call it a career.
"This is my 20th season, hard to believe as a head coach, 30 years I think as coaching, that's a long time. I don't know. I still enjoy it, I love the relationships, I love the kids, I still have a little energy left, so we'll see. We just take it day by day, and as long as I'm able to make an impact, I'm going to keep doing it," he said.
Trimble was one of four east side coaches in this year's class - Inola's Clyde Barkley, Warner's Chris McMullen and Bartlesville's Mickey Ripley were also inducted.