MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) — After spending more than four decades as a college football coach at some of the top programs in the nation, Rick Trickett is now going into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame. He’ll be inducted along with Luis Gonzalez, Roy Patton, Nyla Shepherd, Danny Sheridan, and the late Rea Schuessler Thursday night at the Battle House Hotel.
Trickett has worked with some of the most acclaimed head coaches of the modern era, including Nick Saban, Bobby Bowden, Rich Rodriguez, and Jimbo Fisher. Trickett was on the staff of Auburn’s perfect 11-0 1993 squad, and was assistant head coach for Florida State’s 2013 National Championship team.
Trickett may have developed his tough, demanding coaching style from his time serving in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Marine Corps. Trickett joined the Marines after graduating from Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes.
“I owe the players to get everything they’ve got in them out, and I’m going to do that by whatever means I have to do,” Trickett said in an interview with ESPN in 2016. “I kind of learned a little bit of that in the Marines. They got more out of me than I ever thought I could do. When you teach a guy how to work, that’ll stay with him forever.”
Following his military service, Trickett played safety at Potomac State Junior College and Glenville State College in West Virginia. He would return to Glenville 25 years later for his only season as a head coach, in 1999.
Trickett coached at Indiana, PA (1974-75), West Virginia (1976-79), Southern Illinois (1980-81), Southern Mississippi (1982-84), New Mexico (1985), Memphis (1986-88), Mississippi State (1989-1992), Auburn (1993-1998), LSU (2000), West Virginia (2001-2006), and Florida State (2007-2017).
A highly regarded recruiter and offensive line coach, Trickett had three dozen of his position players go on to the NFL, including four first round draft picks: Victor Riley (Chiefs 1998), Willie Anderson (Bengals 1996), Wayne Gandy (Rams 1994), Kendall Simmons (Steelers 2001).
“He’s definitely not for the weak of heart, but in the end it’s what a lot of men need,” said Anderson, a member of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame.
Trickett’s teams played in 22 bowl games. Following the 2017 Independence Bowl, in what appeared to be Trickett’s final game, a win over Southern Miss, his Florida State offensive lineman carried him off the field on their shoulders.
Earlier this month,. Trickett announced he will return to his alma mater, Glenville State, as offensive coordinator.