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John E. Hoover: Allan Trimble changes his mind, will stay at Jenks

John E. Hoover: Allan Trimble changes his mind, will stay at Jenks
Jenks coach Allan Trimble, who has 13 state championships in 20 years as the Trojans' head football coach, changed his mind and will not retire.

Jenks coach Allan Trimble, who has 13 state championships in 20 years as the Trojans’ head football coach, changed his mind and will not retire.

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Jenks football coach Allan Trimble decided on Tuesday to un-retire, restoring order to the top of the Oklahoma high school football hierarchy and ending 3 ½ days of wild speculation.

“After careful consideration and serious reflection, I have decided to withdraw my retirement and stay at Jenks Public Schools as the head coach of the Trojan football program,” according to a statement issued by Trimble. “When I made the decision to retire, I felt the timing was right. However, of the last several days, I realized the team, the coaches, and this entire program simply mean too much to me to walk away.”

Jenks also issued a statement on Trimble.

“Allan Trimble has requested to stay in the position of head football coach and we are pleasantly surprised to hear of his change of heart,” the statement reads. “With his leadership, we have achieved historic success here at Jenks and we are looking forward to the future with Allan on the sidelines. In expressing his desire to stay, it is clear coach Trimble still possesses a great passion for our players and Jenks Trojan Football.”

Trimble is the most successful head coach in state history, winning 13 state championships in 20 seasons.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue to coach at Jenks and I truly appreciate the support of my family, Jenks Public Schools administration, and the entire community,” Trimble continued. “I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support and the reminder of why I came to Jenks 20 years ago. This is truly a family and I’m grateful to stay at home.”

Trimble was widely speculated as a candidate for numerous other possible jobs, including Fayetteville High School in Arkansas, but the Fayetteville opening reportedly was filled Tuesday by former Union High School and University of Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship.

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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