By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
The football facility at the new Lebanon High School will honor the accomplishments of Clifton Tribble -- generally recognized as the greatest player to ever wear the Blue & White.
Thanks to a vote Monday night by the Wilson County Board of Education, the playing surface at the new LHS under construction on Hart-mann Drive will be named “Clifton Tribble Field.” The measure passed without opposition 5-0.
Tribble, a 1954 graduate of Lebanon High, was named First Team All-State in 1953 and was a three-time All Mid-State selection.
In his senior season “Twinkletoes Tribble” led the state in rushing (1,968 yards) and points scored (163) from the fullback position.
He signed out of high school with then-University of Kentucky head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, then transferred closer to home at Middle Tennessee State University after Bryant left UK to take the job at Texas A&M.
Tribble became the head coach at Lebanon High in 1960 and coached the Blue Devils for eight seasons -- twice being named Mid State Coach of the Year.
At Lebanon, he coached a pair of Alabama signees: tackle Louis Thompson and split receiver Bruce Skeen as well as Mid-State Player of the Year Billy Sellars.
Upon stepping down as varsity coach at LHS, he coached the Blue Devil freshmen for a time and served many years as the principal of the Wilson County Vocational Center.
His head coaching tenure of eight years was the longest in the school history until Bobby Brown’s nine year run ended after the 2010 season. He was lured back onto the practice field for the 1974 season when he served as offensive coordinator under then-Coach Ralph Overton -- helping the Blue Devils roll to a record of 10-1 and the championship of the Mid-State Bowl.
In 2007, Tribble and 12 other former Lebanon standouts, were in the first induction class of the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame.