Coach John Bill Trivette

Coach John Bill Trivette

Pikeville High School, 1943-1960

One of Kentucky’s most innovative basketball coaches, Coach Trivette developed a full court pressing defense in the early 1950’s that made defense an offensive weapon. He started the East-West All-Star game in Pikeville, Kentucky, in 1949 which was the first state-wide All-Star series. He took his “pressing Panthers” throughout the state each year playing in five Louisville Invitational Tournaments and seven Sweet 16’s from 1949-1960. In those eleven years, the Panthers won 80% of their games, eleven consecutive district championships, seven regional titles, and a third place Sweet 16 finish in 1957. He was named Kentucky’s high school Coach of the Year in1957.

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