West Virginia Roots Run Deep for Trickett

The Seminoles football team at Florida State University is currently undefeated and ranked number one in the nation for the 2014 season.  And what, you may ask, does this have to do with Potomac State?  The connection just happens to be one of the most respected offensive line coaches in all of college football – Rick Trickett. 

Rick TrickettTricket, originally from Masontown, W.Va., attended Potomac State College in 1971 where he majored in physical education.  He played football under Coach Cecil Perkins and also served in the circulation department of the College’s student newspaper, the Pasquino.

Trickett is currently in his eighth year with the Seminoles Football team, who captured an undefeated national championship season in 2013, with five offensive line starters earning All-Conference honors and three linemen earning All-American honors.  As of this writing, Florida State’s current record for the 2014 season is 9-0.

Trickett is also the author of "Complete Offensive Line" which he released in 2012. The review of the book states, “Developing dominating offensive linemen is Rick Trickett’s specialty. His accomplishments speak for themselves: four first-round draft selections, 20 NFL players, 13 All-Americans, and more than 30 all-conference selections. Now with “ Complete Offensive Line,” he’s created the most in-depth guide ever on offensive line play.”

After his humble beginnings at Potomac State, Trickett earned an undergraduate degree from Glenville State (Glenville, W.Va.) where he was an all-conference strong safety, and his master's degree from Indiana University in Pa.  He is a Vietnam War Veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps as well.  He was inducted into Potomac State’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

It’s also interesting to note that Trickett still has strong football roots in West Virginia; his son, Clint, now serves as the starting quarterback for the West Virginia University.