Three classes have been inducted so far, beginning back in 2011. Those three classes include one team and 22 individuals. There are many more inductees to come in the next few years. We as a committee have tried to slow down and limit the number inducted each year. That makes being inducted into the Hall of Fame a truly special honor. Some schools induct 10 a year for the first five years, then look around and truly have no one left to honor. Therefore as a committee, it is wise to go slow and, as I said above, make being inducted into the Hall very prestigious. Due to our being deliberate and hopefully wise, we have many years of worthy athletes left to honor. Many of our inductees over the next few years will arguably be just as talented and worthy as the first three classes. Anytime you get inducted into the Hall of Fame, it is an honor, whether it be the first class of 50th class. Speaking of prestigious, talented and worthy, let me tell you about this year’s inductees.
For the first time in the history of our Hall of Fame, we will move the introduction from the winter to the fall. On August 29-30, we will induct the state championship football teams of 1971 and 1972. Both of these teams will be inducted at the same time since many members played on both teams. Let me tell you about those teams.
Their two state championships came in an era where there were only three classes in Kentucky high school football. Now there are six. Class 3A then was all Jefferson County. So basically, Trigg County won two state championships in a statewide two-class system, so to speak. Each year, their win-loss record was 13-1. So you mathematicians out there have surely already computed that their two-year record was 26-2. Those two teams have always been the gold standard for all Trigg County teams to follow. One Trigg County team since then made it to the state championship game, but none have achieved the very difficult feat of winning it all.
Over the rest of the summer, I will attempt to talk a little now and then about those teams and some of the individuals on them. I will start today, however, with a word about the Head Coach Joe Jaggers. Coach Jaggers went on to win five state titles in his coaching career and he retired as the winningest football coach in the state of Kentucky. Along with his two state titles at Trigg, he won three at Fort Knox. One thing sort of speaks for itself about Coach Jaggers. He was able to win state titles at places that had never won them before he got there or since he left. In other words, his titles came from places that were not perennial state champions.
Back in the day of those state championships, I was in the sixth and seventh grades respectively. As a young junior high kid, the players on those teams were bigger than life to me. Today, many years and a lot of pounds heavier, some of them really are bigger than life, or at least bigger than your average European sports car. All jokes aside, those teams were made up of a collection of talent and grit that just possibly may never be seen in this area again. Their accomplishments have stood the test of time. Therefore, it is high time we inducted them into the Trigg County Athletic Hall of Fame.
It is my hope that this column will be the beginning of the news of our new class of Hall of Famers. If you were a part of those teams, I would appreciate it if you would spread the word amongst your fellow teammates. As a matter of fact, give me a call and give me your contact information. The weekend of August 29-30 should be a great time of reminiscing and celebration.
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Mike Wright is the former head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to email@example.com.