Legendary Jenks High School football coach Allan Trimble has been diagnosed with Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, multiple sources told KJRH Sports Thursday.
Trimble, informed his coaching staff this week. Players are aware of the news and Trimble is expected to address the team Friday.
There is no cure for ALS and 90% of those diagnosed will die within 2-to-5 years.
Trimble, 52, hopes to continue coaching as long as possible.
Jenks Public Schools released this statement Thursday night:
It is heartbreaking and shocking to learn of Allan Trimble’s diagnosis with ALS. Over the last 20 years, not only has Coach Trimble reached an unprecedented level of success on the football field, he has made a positive impact in the lives of countless students, and he has helped bring the entire Jenks community together.
Although there is sadness, we know Coach Trimble will meet this challenge with incredible resolve. There is no doubt the entire Trojan family will rally around Coach Trimble and his family as they journey through this difficult time.
Coach Trimble will continue in his role as the Head Coach of the Jenks’ football program and he is extremely optimistic and excited about preparing his team for the upcoming season.
Trimble unexpectedly retired last month, before having a change of heart just a few days later. At the press conference announcing his return, Trimble said "I'm not a spring chicken anymore. I have had a couple of health related challenges lately, and one of them, I'm having a hard time getting figured out."
Trimble has built the greatest dynasty in Oklahoma High School Football history. His teams have won 13 State Championships in his 20 seasons as head coach, including the last four in a row.