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Jenks Gazette

Allan Trimble Stadium Dedicated in Honor of Great Coach and Leader

Sports Writer

NAME CHANGING MOMENT: Jenks Head Football Coach Allan Trimble looks above the Jenks press box as the new stadium name, Allan Trimble Stadium, was displayed. With him are, from left, Kim Smith, Trimble’s sister; Dale and Mary Trimble, Trimble’s parents; Courtney Trimble, Trimble’s wife; and Jenks Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stacey Butterfield.

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When Allan Trimble became the Jenks head football coach in 1996, he probably never imagined that Hunter-Dwelley Field would be renamed in his honor 21 years later.

But it has happened. The Jenks school officials renamed the facility Allan Trimble Stadium. A ceremony was held at the venue on Aug. 18, before a scrimmage involving the Trojans, Sand Springs, Muskogee, Putnam City and Del City.

“They’ve done a pretty good job keeping it a secret until the last few days,” said Trimble, who had been diagnosed with incurable Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in the summer of 2016.

The Jenks coach, who enters his 22nd season at the post, said he had spent time reflecting on his tenure as head coach.

“When you’re working and trying to win games and trying to be a good educator, you don’t really think of things like that (the stadium being renamed after him). Raising both of my daughters here, the last 22 years have just flown by. It was definitely a surprise. It was very humbling,” Trimble said.

Throughout his tenure as head coach, Trimble has led the Trojans to 13 state championships, winning the most gold balls of any high school coach in Oklahoma.

 “It’s certainly a sentimental and exciting time for me,” Trimble said. “A lot of memories. A lot of great coaches and employees have worked with me. Certainly, the great players, lots of great families. It’s very exciting, but also, very humbling for me.”

The Jenks Stadium was originally named after two Jenks students and football players from the 1920s, Francis Hunter and Charles Dwelley, who both later died in oil field accidents. Their names will be carried forward in various ways in the future of Jenks Schools.

Updated 08-31-2017

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