Hometown: Pikeville, KY (Pikeville College Academy)
Position: F Playing Height: 6-0 Playing Weight: 165
Date of Birth: February 10, 1917 [Tennessee - 19 - 22]
Date of Death: January 3, 1993 [Indiana - 81 - 78]
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Obituary - Trivette dead at 75, Appalachian News Express
"He was one of the best basketball coaches ever, but he was demanding," said Gene David, a co-worker of Trivette's. "He redefined the meaning of 100 percent. He got more out of the kids than anybody."
Trivette coached the Pikeville Panthers from 1944 to 1960, amassing a 427-126 record. But perhaps his biggest contribution to the game was his use of his so-called "diamond press."
"That was new to basketball - period," Brooks Downing, sports information director for the Kentucky High School Athletics Association, said Monday. "We're under the impression that that was the first time that anyone did anything but a man-to-man. It was evolutionary."
During his career, Trivette led his teams to seven regional championships and 14 district titles. The Louisville Courier-Journal named Trivette coach of the year in 1957, when his team finished third in the state tournament after being ranked No. 1 much of the season.
Howard Lockhart played for Pikeville that year and said Trivette was "way out ahead" of other coaches.
"Of all the coaches I had, I would have to rate him the best."
Trivette was a member of the KHSAA Sweet 16 and Pikeville High School Hall of Fame.
He was also a charter inductee of the Dawahare's KHSAA Hall of Fame in 1988.
Trivette was a graduate of the Pikeville College Academy and a letterman at the University of Kentucky. His son, Ken Trivette, is head basketball coach at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Downing said.
A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pikeville, Trivette leaves his wife, Justine Smith Trivette; another son, William Sidney Trivette, of Pikeville; two daughters, Marilyn May and Patti Rai Blair, both of Pikeville; a sister, Marjorie Trivette Self of Elkhorn City; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled today at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Pikeville. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Park.
The J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home of Pikeville is in charge of arrangements.