Marty Trimmer joked that so many people in York County know him just “because I’m old.”
After just over four decades in public education, Trimmer decided it was time to take a lesser role.
A longtime athletic director for Central York, Trimmer’s retirement was approved by the district school board earlier this month. He will remain in office until December 31.
“It’s time for someone younger to take over,” said Trimmer, who just turned 62. “I could do it for a few more years, but I’m still healthy and think it’s a good time.”
Trimmer has been the athletic director of Central York since 2001. Prior to that, he was the school‘s boys’ basketball head coach for 15 seasons.
Although he will help with the transition of the school’s next athletic director, he said he would not be involved in the hiring process. He plans to continue helping with YAIAA events and will remain the District 3 Volleyball President until June, although he has said he would be “happy to stay” longer if necessary.
âI don’t know if my life is going to change a lot,â he said. “I will continue to golf a lot, however.”
Trimmer worked 41 years in Central York in one capacity, but his time at school dates back even further. Graduating from school in 1976, he played baseball and basketball for the Panthers before playing basketball for Penn State York.
He continued a family tradition by turning to education and athletics.
His father, Ron, was a York City School District principal who coached in various locations including Penn State York while playing there. His uncle, Russel, was the athletic director for Cumberland Valley.
Marty worked as a fifth grade teacher in the City of York School District while coaching basketball at Central, first at the JV level for five years, then as a college head coach for the next 15 years. .
His son, Nate, remembers Ron Trimmer keeping the scorecard during Marty’s training days. Nate played sports in Central York and is now a teacher and head coach of women’s football at the school.
âThey say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,â said Nate Trimmer. âMy love of coaching blossomed before my love of teaching and that was due to my father. He never pushed me in one direction and let me choose my own path, but I remember again from taking the bus with the basketball team when I was in sixth grade. ”
Marty Trimmer said he had too many fond memories to name them all, but cited the Central York playoffs (including many state volleyball championships) as his favorites. Nate recalled that his father was instrumental in the transition to the current Central York High School building in Springettsbury Township (which opened in 2005) as well as the eventual installation of a grass field and the creation of the non-profit organization, the PanthÃ¨re Foundation.
Nate added that former Central York football star and Temple star Wayne Tribue signed a Denver Broncos helmet for his father after training camp with them – along with a letter thanking him for the to have helped throughout his career.
âHis imprint is all over this place,â Nate said. âI think he coined the phrase, ‘It’s a great day to be a Panther.’
“He has a love for young people and gives them the opportunity to be successful.”
For Marty, the best part of the job was “watching the kids have fun”. He said he was always delighted when former players returned to visit the school.
He said it was gratifying to see teams from Central York – and even York and Adams counties – gain more respect in District 3 and Pennsylvania in recent years.
He said it really touched him last fall when the Panthers football team won the District 3 Class 6A title and reached state championship match – the first team in the league to accomplish either feat.
âI was shocked at the number of people who made a big deal of how far we went,â Marty said. âI don’t think Central or the YAIAA were on everyone’s tip of the tongue, but I have received so many messages and greetings from people across the District and State since I announced my retirement.
“It’s not about me because there are a lot of people involved, but we really got our name out there and became an established program, and I’m really proud of our athletes for that.”
His son said that over the past two decades his father can still be found in three places – his home, a golf course or Central York. Marty admitted he would probably play more golf in retirement.
Nate pointed out that whenever he’s been to Central York – as a student or teacher and coach – his father has always been an employee of the school. He said it would be weird in a few months when his father was no longer in his hallway.
âI don’t think you can talk about Central York for the past 40 years without mentioning it,â Nate said. “He’s taught everyone that it’s okay to have fun, that the people you work with grow and learn, and that you’re there for the student-athletes.”
Matt Allibone is a sports reporter for GameTimePA. He can be reached at 717-881-8221, [email protected] or on Twitter at @ bad2theallibone.