Ken Trickey

Ken Trickey (1933-2012)

Current position: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Iowa State Cyclones, Oklahoma City Stars, Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
Middle Tennessee record: 45-54 (.455)
Iowa State record: 13-40 (.245)
Oklahoma City record: 27-30 (.474)
Oral Roberts record: 214-116 (.648)
Overall record: 299-240 (.555)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1974)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1974)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1972, 1973)
  • Horizon League Tournament Champion:  1  (1981)
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1990)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1987-1993 Oral Roberts
1986-1987 Oklahoma JC
1979-1981 Oklahoma City
1976-1979 Claremore JC
1974-1976 Iowa State
1969-1974 Oral Roberts
1965-1969 Middle Tennessee

Ken Trickey Facts

  • Kenneth Franklin Trickey, Sr.
  • Born August 30, 1933
  • Died December 4, 2012
  • Hometown: Cairo, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Middle Tennessee State University (BA, 1954)
  • Born in Missouri and raised in Cairo, IL, Trickey played basketball for head coach Bill Stokes at Middle Tennessee
    • Served in the US Army for two years after graduation and then coached at Culver Military Academy (TN)
  • Became the head coach at his alma mater, going 45-54 in five seasons at the helm
    • Broke color barriers at MTSU and started the first all-black team in OVC history in 1967
    • Inducted into the Middle Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991
  • Left for Oral Roberts in 1969, coaching there for the next five years (his first of two stints at ORU)
    • Reached the program’s first NCAA Tournament in 1974 and advanced to the Elite Eight
    • Trickey also led the Golden Eagles to the NIT in both 1972 and 1973
    • Was incredibly successful during this first stint, going 118-23 over those five years
  • Served as the head coach at Iowa State for two seasons, finishing below .500 both years
  • Briefly coached at Mount Vernon HS (IL) in 1976 and then coached at Claremore JC (now Rogers State) in OK
  • Coached at then-Division I Oklahoma City for two seasons, winning the MW City Tournament in 1981
  • Went back to the HS ranks in 1981, coaching at Century HS (IL) near his hometown of Cairo
  • Hired to launch the basketball program (and serve as AD) at Oklahoma JC in 1986
  • Returned to Oral Roberts a year later, helping the program navigate a temporary move down to NAIA due to violations and financial difficulties that it had been facing
    • Had a 96-93 record in his second stint, finished his overall tenure at ORU in 1993 with a record of 214-116
      • Played in the NAIA Tournament in 1990, reaching the quarterfinals (Elite Eight)
    • Inducted into the ORU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Came out of retirement in 2003 to coach at Muskogee HS (OK) for one year

Ken Trickey Coaching Tree

  • Jimmy Earle (Middle Tennessee)