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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
Trey Richey is the head football and track coach at Borden County High School. Richey is also an assistant for the basketball, baseball, and golf teams.
Richey grew up in Jayton, Texas, where he graduated from high school. He then went to college at Texas Tech University to play football. Richey then transferred to McMurry after a year at Tech to play football, but he had intentions of going back to Tech. However, friendships and injuries would keep him in Abilene, and he finished college at McMurry. There, he rekindled his relationship with his future wife and mother of four children.
Richey has been coaching for 30 years. He started out coaching for the Sunray Bobcats. After one year, Richey moved to Borden County where he stayed for eight years. He briefly left Borden County for a year to coach at Stamford, but came back to Gail to resume coaching for the Coyotes where he has been since. During the past 14 years leading the Coyote football program, Richey is 156-28 as he has led the Coyotes to four state titles and one state runner-up finish. The Coyote football team will enter the 2021-22 school year with 13 straight district championships. Richey has been garnered Coach of the Year honors four times. As the head track coach, Richey has led the Coyotes program to 14 district championships. He has also led the Lady Coyotes track program to three district championships and a state title.
“We are hoping to continue the success in our program that has been established with 13 straight district titles, as we continue our motto: ‘Win The Day’, and ‘Fill The Gap’,” Richey said when asked about the expectations for the upcoming season. “We will be a very young team this year but we are excited about the challenge in front of us.”
Richey also described the impact that his community has had on him and his family.
“This is our home, and me, my wife and our four kids have been treated so incredibly nice as this is the only home our kids know,” he said. “My wife’s house that she grew up in no longer is in the family and my parents are both gone, so literally this is the only home our four kids and their families know. Our community has loved and supported our kids but also the many other kids that have come through this school system. They have loved my wife and myself for all of these 28 years and hopefully many more. Our church family raised our entire family as well. Gail, America has been such an incredible place to raise a family.”
Richey said his favorite hobbies were following his children in their activities, and now that has transformed to following his grandchildren in their activities. When he’s not following his grandchildren, Richey golfs as much as he can. Richey pointed to God, his dad, and many of his high school and college coaches, plus coaches who he has worked with throughout his career as being the biggest influences in his life. One of his favorite quotes is, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase,” by Martin Luther King, Jr. Richey is married to his wife, Hayley, and has four children: Taylor, Tanner, Tatum, and Trace. Richey and Hayley have two grandchildren, Briggs and Lennon, and their youngest daughter, Tatum, married her fiance Jacob Richburg on June 12th.
This summer, The Post Dispatch will highlight all the coaches and trainers from Post, Borden County, and Southland and describe their impact on their schools and communities.