Trimmell, Coachman named to Mac Hall of Fame

By Aric Cherry
October 02, 2015

Saturday, Oct. 10, is a special day at McPherson College as it is the school’s homecoming. The day will be even more special to Roger Trimmell and Jonathan Coachman as thy will be inducted into the McPherson College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Trimmell was a 1973 graduate. While attending MC, he played for the men's basketball team and was the captain for two seasons. In the 1970-71 season, he led the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) in free throw percentage at 84 percent. He still holds the McPherson College record for most assists in a game with 16, a feat he accomplished during his junior season.

Though he was a good athlete for the Bulldogs, Trimmell is most known at McPherson for his coaching career and being the "Father of Dogball." The Wamego native was in charge of the men's basketball program from 1982-2008. He holds a career record of 371-345 and his teams qualified for the NAIA District 10 playoffs six times. Trimmell's overall conference record is 221-211, which gives him the most victories in KCAC men's basketball history. He was named KCAC Coach of the Year twice, once following the 1983-84 season and again in 1995-96 after a 12-4 record and second-place finish in the conference. The Bulldogs accumulated four second place finishes and four third place finishes. He coached 61 All-KCAC athletes including three KCAC Players of the Year.

Trimmell was inducted twice into the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, once as a high school and college coach and then again as a member of the 1968 undefeated state championship Wamego Red Raiders.

Roger lives with his wife Vikki, in McPherson. They are the parents of two daughters, Emily and Allie. He currently is the Athletic Director at Canton-Galva High School.

Coachman, or "The Coach" as he's most commonly known, graduated from McPherson College in 1995. He played for Trimmell for four years at MC, earning three letters. Coachman was named an All-KCAC first-team member three times and the conference's Player of the Year twice, following the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. He also earned a pair of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) honors during his time at McPherson. After his sophomore season, he was named to the NAIA All-District 10 First Team and then during his senior year, he earned the NAIA D-II Player of the Week award. At the time of his graduation, Coachman held McPherson College records for points scored, total rebounds and assists. Currently he ranks third in career scoring with 1782 points.

Post graduation, Coachman entered the sports entertainment industry. After stints at local television stations, he joined the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a color commentator for nine years. Then in 2008, he achieved his dream job of working for ESPN where he still is today. At ESPN, Coachman hosts a variety of talk shows and serves as an anchor for their flagship show, SportsCenter.

He resides in Southington, Conn., and is the father of two children, Jonathan and Kayana.

The Hall of Fame Ceremony is set to begin with a brunch at 9 a.m., with the ceremony starting shortly thereafter.

To quote Trimmell, next Saturday will be "A Great Day to be a Bulldog!"