The Legendary Coach Ken Trimmer Retires

Tom Murray

Long time Caldwell Football Head, Coach Ken Trimmer, has retired. Trimmer was the head coach of James Caldwell High School for 22 years and coached for 53 years in his career. Coach Trimmer led the team to multiple state title games including back to back titles in the 1997 & 98 seasons and had a memorable win at Giants Stadium in 2008 in a campaign where he was named the New Jersey Football Coaches Association’s (NJFCA) Coach of the year. Trimmer was inducted into the NJFCA Hall of Fame in 2012. Former Offensive Coordinator and now the Athletic Director of the high school, Mr. Dan Romano, had this to say about the legendary coach and long time James Caldwell gym teacher stepping away, “With the retirement of Coach Ken Trimmer, Caldwell Football has not only lost a great coach but a great role model who has touched countless Caldwell Athletes. He will forever be missed.”

Courtesy of Christine Corliss
In his final campaign, Trimmer and his team went 6-3-1 and had several memorable wins on the new Bonnel Field, including a 35-10 route of Millburn in the first game ever played in the field. Coach Trimmer also played an integral role in running the Robeson Game, an all star game for high school seniors in NJ, each year. In addition to his coaching the football team, Trimmer coached the Chiefs Boys and Girls Basketball teams and was a physical education teacher at the school until 2010. We wish Coach Trimmer luck in all his future endeavors and his successor Tom Lamont put it best saying, “From all of the coaches here at Caldwell we all wish Coach Trimmer a wonderful retirement. Coach Trimmer has given a large portion of his life to the education and betterment of the James Caldwell student body. He has put the children of this district first. Everyone who has had Coach Trimmer as a coach or teacher will have at least one “Trimmer story” to tell. We are all a little better off for knowing Mr. Trimmer and experiencing his unique insight. God Bless Mrs. Trimmer!”