NU alum settling in with Foothill program |

NU alum settling in with Foothill program

Former Nevada Union running back and assistant coach Tim Trokey is happy to be at the helm of a football program once again.

“I’m excited to be a head coach again,” Trokey said. “I’m excited to help these kids get better.”

After spending last season as an assistant with Del Oro and being an assistant with NU during its 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section championship run, Trokey has found a home at the head of the Foothill Mustangs varsity football team.

Trokey takes over for Chris Johnson, who led Foothill to a 2012 record of 1-9 overall and 0-5 in the Pioneer Valley League.

“(Trokey) demonstrated he was the best candidate for the job and that he has the ability to get us back to where we want to be as a program,” Foothill Athletic Director William Lum said in a March 14 interview. “We expect him to start from the ground up and get us back to a competitive level.”

Since being hired, Trokey has begun an over haul of the football program, trying to change the culture to a winning one.

“Right now we’re trying to get stronger, get the kids to buy in to the system and create some excitement in the community,” Trokey said.

Trying to change the current culture, which has seen Foothill finish no better than fifth in the PVL since joining in 2010, starts with accountability, Trokey said.

“It starts with holding kids accountable,” he said. “Show up to practice on time, work hard and do the things you’re supposed to. The games on our schedule haven’t been won or lost yet. There is no reason we can’t win any given game.”

Among the rigors of being a coach and preparing for a difficult PVL season, Trokey is also dealing with a drop in players coming out for football.

“Our numbers are low, and part of that is the higher demands and expectations,” Trokey said.

Trokey, who has been a head coach before in Alabama, credits former Nevada Union head coaches Randy Blankenship and Dave Humphers for influencing him as a coach. He also credits Denise Ainsworth with shaping his coaching style. Trokey was an assistant coach for Alabama Christian Academy’s state championship softball team, where Ainsworth was the head coach.

After Trokey’s time playing for Nevada Union, where he was a three-year varsity player from 1988-90 and was named to the 1990 Sacramento Bee All-Metro team, he took a scholarship to play receiver at the University of Mary in North Dakota.

“Tim was a terrific player for us,” former Nevada Union head coach Dave Humphers said. “He was a hard worker and a great kid to coach.”

After graduating from college, Trokey went on to coach as an assistant at Alabama Christian Academy for seven years before taking the head coaching job at Montgomery Catholic.

In five years at Montgomery Catholic, Trokey took a withering football team that was 4-6 in his first two seasons and turned it into a team that made the playoffs in his final three seasons.

Trokey returned to California in 2009, spending two years on the NU staff as an assistant before coaching defensive backs at Del Oro last season.

“Foothill is very fortunate,” Humphers said. “They got a great coach, a great mentor of young people and an outstanding teacher in Tim. The Foothill football team has been down for a while, and I’m looking forward to watching that program get better fast.”

While Foothill won’t be playing Nevada Union this season, it does host Bear River Nov. 8 in the last game of the regular season for both teams.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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