John E. Hoover: Jenks will promote Keith Riggs to replace Allan Trimble

John E. Hoover: Jenks will promote Keith Riggs to replace Allan Trimble

Jenks will name defensive coordinator Keith Riggs (left) as its next head coach on Monday. (PHOTO: KTUL Channel 8)

JENKS — Allan Trimble’s replacement has been identified.

The legendary Jenks High School football coach, who had guided the Trojans to 13 state championships during his 22-year run, will be succeeded by Jenks defensive coordinator Keith Riggs.

Riggs will be recommended to the Jenks Public Schools Board of Education at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday at 5 p.m.

Riggs came to Jenks in 2003 to coach safeties and also helped with advanced scouting. He has been defensive coordinator since 2008 and will be promoted from his position of assistant head coach, which he has held since Loren Montgomery left for the Bixby head post in 2010.

Trimble, 54, announced his retirement last month after a stellar career in which the Trojans were 242-41. He revealed in 2016 that he had ALS, but continued as head coach for two seasons. Trimble was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in February. Trimble took over the Trojans in 1996 and won the state championship six years in a row, starting a string of 21 consecutive seasons in which either Jenks or Union won the state’s largest classification.

If approved by the Board, Riggs will take over a program that is expected to compete for the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship again next season.


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard every weekday on The Franchise in Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. with co-host Lauren Rew. In Oklahoma City, catch him Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:25 and every Friday afternoon at 4:05. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Visit his personal page at


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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