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March 28, 2012

Transition time for Raceland's Trimble

Lifelong Ram takes over boys program after seven years with girls

RACELAND — Thirty years after Bob Trimble was a starting guard for Raceland, the Rams are experiencing a changing of the guard.

Trimble resigned as Raceland’s girls basketball coach and took the position as the boys’ head coach on Tuesday, according to Bill Farley, the school’s athletic director.

The girls’ head coaching position is officially open.

Trimble’s transition is bittersweet, he said, after seven seasons of directing the Lady Rams — he was 124-81 overall with two 63rd District titles, two 16th Region All “A” championships and guided the Lady Rams to five regional tournament appearances.

“I made some great relationships with coaches and players,” Trimble said. “It’s tough to leave them, but I’m excited about the new challenge. When I came back to Raceland (as a boys assistant to Shawn Johnson) in 1993, this was the job I always wanted. Who knew it would be 20 years later?”

The 47-year-old did not apply when Scott Floyd took the head boys’ position in 2007 because he had just been with the girls’ team for two seasons and didn’t feel the timing was right. Upon Floyd’s recent resignation, Trimble still needed some time to mull it over.

“I thought about it long and hard before I decided to throw my name in the hat,” he said, adding that he is thankful to all the former girls’ players and coaches with whom he’s worked.

Trimble was a three-year starter for Raceland from 1980-82. His senior season, played under head coach Danny Evans, was the first winning season for the Rams in 20 years. They won 16 games.

“That’s when things really started to get going basketball-wise,” Trimble said.

Raceland hasn’t enjoyed a winning season since 2007-08.

“One thing I want to do is get the community behind the program,” Trimble said. “I want to really get things going in that regard. I think I can do that, and bring some excitement.

“I’ve been a Ram my whole life,” he added. “Now I’m going to be the head coach in the town I grew up playing in. It’s always been kind of a dream job.”

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

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