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Trinity coach deserves induction
A few years ago while speaking to a gentleman about Trinity High School, I was surprised to discover that he did not think that Coach H.B. Provience, the head coach at Trinity, was a good offensive coach. He mentioned that Provience had good defensive teams but you only had to teach people to hit somebody in order to be good defensively.
His idea of a good coach was someone who had the ability to develop and institute a good offensive system and he thought Coach Provience’s system was outdated by the time he, the gentleman, arrived at Trinity.
Well I always thought coach was an offensive genius and I told him so. He said that I was bias because I played for him. I agreed that I was bias because I was aware of all the good work Provience had done, however I promised him I would research the records and get back with him.
The record is skimpy but utilizing the Limestone Democrats, Athens News Courier, Decatur Daily, Trinity School newspapers, and oral conversations with former players I discovered that Provience may not have been a genius but he had a very good offensive mind and had strong offensive teams over several generations. As examples I offer the following:
In 1951, Provience’s fifth year as head coach, his Panthers defeated Courtland High School 67 to 0. I don’t care if you are playing the little sisters of the poor you have a very good offensive mind if your team scores 67 points.
Furthermore his team scored 116 points that season, the opposition scored 6 points and Trinity was undefeated.
Four years later, in 1955, Trinity defeated Tennessee Valley High from Hillsboro 41 to 0.
In 1958, Provience’s 12th year as head coach, his Panthers defeated Cherokee High School 52 to 0 and defeated Cherokee High School 33 to 0 and they were undefeated.
During the final game of that 1958 season the Panthers defeated Council High School from Huntsville 48 to 7. During the last three games of that season his teams scored 133 points and the opposition scored 6. That’s the mark of a good offensive coach.
Based on his record as the longest serving head football coach at Trinity and his great offensive mind, Coach Province belongs in the Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame.