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John E. Hoover: Jenks’ Allan Trimble, Oklahoma’s most successful HS football coach, retiring this summer

John E. Hoover: Jenks’ Allan Trimble, Oklahoma’s most successful HS football coach, retiring this summer
Jenks football coach Allan Trimble announced to his team on Saturday that he'll be retiring this July.

Jenks football coach Allan Trimble announced to his team on Saturday that he’ll be retiring this July.

Allan Trimble, the most successful football coach in Oklahoma high school history, is retiring this summer.

“Unfortunate news,” said Jenks Football Booster Club vice president Billy Kulkin.

Kulkin said that after a team camp in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Saturday, Trimble told the team he was retiring in July and then confirmed it to him.

“I’m just as stunned as everybody else,” Kulkin said.

Trimble could not be reached for comment.

Trimble, who has led Jenks to an Oklahoma high school record 13 state championships in 20 seasons since replacing Ron Lancaster for the 1996 season, last summer was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The Franchise’s Don King and Vype Oklahoma’s Brad Heath first broke the story Saturday morning on Twitter. King has been Jenks’ play-by-play voice since 2003 and Heath is going into his eighth year as a Jenks analyst.

“Here in Jenks, you hear that every year, ‘This is Trim’s last year,’ ” Heath said. “But after I heard that, I talked to a couple of assistant coaches on staff and they confirmed it. They were even a little shocked.”

Last season Jenks finished 11-1 and won its fourth consecutive Class 6A state championship — topped only by Trimble’s run at the beginning of his head coaching career, six consecutive titles from 1996-2001.

Trimble, a native of Cleveland, Oklahoma, and an alum of Northeastern State University, coached at Jenks for 25 seasons, including five as an assistant coach.

Trimble won 242 games as the Trojans’ head man.

In 2009, Trimble was suspended for eight months by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association for multiple rules violation regarding transfer Jarrett Lake and six other student athletes dating back to 1998.

Jenks won state titles under Trimble in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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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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