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Coaching Changes Making the News


POIGNANT PRESS CONFERENCE: Nearly every media outlet in Tulsa was present at Jenks Head Football Coach Allan Trimble’s press conference held on the Jenks campus April 12 to announce his retirement decision. The highly successful coach is retiring due to his bout with Lou Gehrig’s disease.


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The Jenks Trojans will embark upon a new era beginning next year as new football and swimming coaches will take over the school’s respective programs.

Keith Riggs will replace Allan Trimble in the football program, and Diego Henao will replace John Turner.

Keith Riggs
The Jenks Public Schools Board of Education voted to approve Keith Riggs for the positions of head football coach and assistant athletic director.

Riggs, who arrived at Jenks in 2003 as a defensive backs coach, has served as the Trojans’ assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the past eight seasons.

“I am humbled and honored to become the head coach of this prestigious program,” Riggs remarked. “I have been so privileged to work alongside Allan Trimble for so many years, and I have been so fortunate to learn what it takes to create a successful culture and to lead a team the right way.”

Riggs was on the Trojan sideline for seven state championships (2003, 2006, 2007, 2012-2015), and since taking over as defensive coordinator in 2010, the Jenks defense has allowed only 17.5 points per game and fewer than 100 rushing yards per game
An All-State football player at Owasso High School, Riggs went on to play linebacker at Northeastern A&M in Miami, Oklahoma for the 1984 and 1985 seasons. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Riggs and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Kelsey and Alexandra.

John Turner
John Turner has officially announced his retirement after 36 years as the head coach of the Jenks High School swimming program.

Turner guided the boy’s team to 17 state titles – including nine in a row from 1996 to 2004 – and led the girl’s team to 11 titles, for a total of 28 state championships.

After arriving in Jenks in 1978 to coach the Trojan Aquatic Club team, Turner took over the Jenks High School team in 1982. Prior to his time at Jenks, Turner spent time as a high school swimming coach in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Washington. Over the course of a career that began in 1968, Turner coached 95 high school All-Americans, 163 individual high school state champions, 27 NCAA All-Americans (Division I, II, and III combined), eight Olympic Trial qualifiers, and three Olympic swimmers.

Diego Henao
The Jenks Public Schools Board of Education recently voted to approve Diego Henao for the position of head swimming coach at Jenks High School.

Henao, a Jenks graduate and member of the 1991 state championship team, has served as the head coach and coordinator of the Jenks Trojan Swim Club for the past 10 years. He succeeds Turner.

The 46-year old Henao will maintain his position with the Jenks Trojan Swim Club where he has earned six boys state championships and coached over 100 state title holders in individual or relay events.

A native of Venezuela, Henao arrived in Jenks at the age of 17 as an international student. His success in the high school pool helped him earn a scholarship from the University of Louisiana-Monroe where he is still the school record-holder in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. From 1988 to 1996, Henao represented his home country of Venezuela in many international swim meets. He was a member of the Venezuelan Olympic team at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta and won a bronze medal at the Pan-American Games held in Argentina in 1995.

Updated 05-22-2018

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