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.
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