Ocie Trimble

Ocie A. Trimble, the most successful running coach in Cornell College history, died April 8 at the age of 81.

Ocie Trimble
Ocie Trimble

Trimble coached cross country and track and field at Cornell from 1982 until 1997. During that era, the Rams won nine Midwest Conference team championships and produced 19 All-Americans.

Trimble began at Cornell in the fall of 1982, guiding the women’s cross country team to the first of three conference titles. The Rams also claimed conference women’s crowns in 1987 and 1988.

In track and field, Trimble’s Rams swept the Midwest Conference indoor and outdoor team titles in 1988 and 1989. Cornell also won indoor conference championships in 1984 and 1987.

Trimble was a member of three Big Ten outdoor track and field championship teams for the University of Illinois. He was also one of the nation’s finest speed skaters, qualifying for the 1964 Olympic Trials.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children, including Matt Trimble ’85; and three grandchildren.

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