Legendary Jenks coach Allan Trimble dies after battle with ALS

Jenks football coach remembers retired coach Allan Trimble
  • Legendary former coach Allan Trimble died peacefully Sunday morning at St. Francis Hospital, according to a press release from Jenks public schools. He was 56 years old.

Our hearts are heavy. After his courageous fight against ALS, our dear friend Allan Trimble passed away peacefully this...

Posted by Jenks Public Schools on Sunday, December 1, 2019

JENKS, Okla. - Quick Facts: — Trimble was diagnosed with ALS in 2016.

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ALS is a progressive disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function.

A native of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Trimble began his coaching career in 1987 as a linebacker 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.

Trimble led Jenks to 13 state titles in 22 seasons. He retired from the Trojans in April 2018 as he continued his battle with ALS. e 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 around the world.

The Jenks superintendent releases a statement:

"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."

At the time of his retirement, Trimble was the most successful high school football coach in Oklahoma history. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

In August 2017, the home of the Trojans, 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 High School site principal released a comment

"Allan's heart was always in the right place," stated 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."

In addition to being honored four times as the Tulsa World Coach of the Year and being inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015, Trimble’s long 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 is survived by his wife and two daughters.