Legendary Jenks HS (OK) head coach Allan Trimble has led the program for 22 seasons, compiling a remarkable 242-41 record. That run includes six straight Oklahoma state titles, followed by another streak of four straight state titles and countless players who have gone on to stellar college and NFL careers and even more leading great lives outside of football.
Almost a year and a half ago, Trimble shared with the Jenks community, and the rest of America, that he'd been diagnosed with ALS and that his run as head coach of the program he'd built into a state, and national, power would likely have to come to an end following the season.
On Saturday, in the semifinals, Jenks lost 21-0 to a tough Owasso squad. After the game, Trimble addressed his team in what may be the final time as the leader of the program.
Trimble fought back tears while he shared how proud he was of each player, and how they fought the entire season.
"Winning and losing is not going to define you as people, you hear me?" Trimble asked his guys. "Winning and losing will not define you, this defines you," he added, pounding a fist over his heart. See his full comments to his guys below.
Listen to Allan Trimble's speech for @JenksFootball after losing today's semifinal game. @coachtrim55 had a lot to be proud of from the Trojans. If this was his final game as #Jenks head coach, what a career and what a team. #OKpreps#TrimbleStrongpic.twitter.com/shg1ljKq84
— Jeff Kolb (@JeffKolbTV) November 19, 2017
Trimble shared with the Tulsa World that "God put me here to mentor people," and if he has indeed coached his last game, he can take comfort in knowing he crushed that mission.