For many Mountaineers across the country, there is truly nothing quite like coming home. We all know that the song says “Country Roads, take me home, to the place I belong,” and for Coach Travis Trickett truer words were never spoken or sung after the last few weeks. Coach Trickett is back home in Morgantown coaching inside receivers and tight ends for Coach Neal Brown’s football team.
Trickett is clearly no stranger to Morgantown, having lived here when his dad was a coach and attending West Virginia University himself. Now, years later the coach is returning to a place so many have called home and long to do; fulfilling a dream of coaching for a university he loves so much. Trickett comes to Morgantown after two years in Atlanta as Georgia State University’s offensive coordinator.
For Trickett, coaching is literally in his blood. His dad, Rick Trickett was coaching at West Virginia when the new coach was in high school, and was adamant his son speak to at the time head coach Rich Rodriguez about assisting as a student in Morgantown.
“I went in there, talked to Coach Rodriguez, and he let me be a student assistant,” Trickett said “It made me grow up pretty quickly.”
Trickett’s time as a student assistant, and later graduate assistant helped him to grow up and mature during his time at the university. The coach recalled how great it was to be friends with the players, while at the same listening to the coaching staff make decisions and work up and create plays that would go down in Mountaineer history. Trickett remembers fondly the Sugar Bowl fake punt and the decision to start Pat White over Adam Bednarik to name a few.
Coach Trickett is making the most of being back home in West Virginia, albeit just a few days back in town now. The coach and his wife, along with their two children (and a third on the way) were able this past week to take literally a quick drive to visit his grandmother and celebrate her 93rd birthday. That’s something he wasn’t able to do at his past coaching positions.
Trickett loves that the country roads of his career have led him back to Morgantown, where he now has an office down the hall from his dad’s old office.
“Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer, and that’s just what you do,” Trickett said with a smile, “For me to have an office in the same building my dad had an office in, you can’t put a price tag on that. It’s always been a dream of mine and to live it out, it’s exciting.”
Coach Trickett’s two young children already have the lyrics to John Denver’s anthem down, a song they’ve known long before the recent move to Morgantown. With the coach and his wife expecting their third this spring, a new generation of Trickett children growing up at Milan Puskar Stadium is something that likely brings a smile to the faces of not just Coach Trickett but likely his dad too.
Welcome home, Coach.