Riggs named new Trojans head football coach
JENKS, Okla. (KTUL) —
The Jenks Public Schools Board of Education voted to approve Keith Riggs for the positions of head football coach and assistant athletic director at Jenks High School during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday night.
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. The 52-year old Riggs takes over for Allan Trimble who recently announced his retirement after 22 years at the helm of the Jenks football program.
“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. There is no place I would rather be, and there is no place I would rather coach. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead these young men, and I look forward to what we will accomplish together.”
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. With Riggs calling the shots on defense, the Trojans posted an 89-15 overall record to go along with four state titles, one state runner-up finish, and three state semifinal appearances.
“We are thrilled to announce Keith Riggs as the next head football coach of the Jenks Trojans,” stated Dr. Stacey Butterfield, Superintendent of Jenks Public Schools. “Coach Riggs is a man of character who will not only serve as an outstanding mentor and role model to our students, but will also represent our entire community in a first-class manner. With his valuable experience and the relationships he has formed over the last several years, I have no doubt he will continue the success of our tradition-rich football program, and he will continue to set high expectations for our players and coaches.”
As assistant athletic director, Riggs will oversee football operations during the fall season, and in the spring, he will provide assistance and support to other Jenks teams such as baseball, tennis, soccer, and track and field. Riggs will no longer teach Computer Science at Jenks High School, a position he has held since 2005.
“We have an incredibly strong athletic program here at Jenks,” commented Riggs. “I am excited to start working closely with our coaches and staff members to provide the very best opportunities for our students and to help them compete at the highest level.”