Worthington Kilbourne High School opened in the Fall of 1991. When the school opened in August, a young Science teacher and assistant football coach was hired away from Groveport High School to help open the school. After serving for 15 seasons as the defensive coordinator of the football team he became the head football coach and has served in that capacity for the past 13 seasons.
As the head coach, he amassed an overall record of 72-66. His teams made the state playoffs in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He worked with Worthington Kilbourne Football when the school had 2,000 students and was still working with Worthington Kilbourne Football as enrollment dropped to 1,250 students and the competition around Central Ohio kept improving.
At the conclusion of this football season, Vince Trombetti announced that he was going to retire from coaching so he could spend his weekends watching his son play college football. When I think about Coach Trombetti there are several things that come to mind:
- Vince was a teacher first and a coach second. There are very few head football coaches throughout Ohio who teach Science. Vince always carried a full teaching load and while some schools created jobs where their football coach had more time for football we never did that in Worthington. Vince is a science teacher.
- I once read a biography about a coach named Vince that was entitled “When Pride Still Mattered.” That biography was about legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi but it makes me think of Vince Trombetti. He is a principled man and he believes that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.
- Finally, Vince has devoted the last 28 years to Worthington Kilbourne. He chose to come to Worthington and he chose to stay in Worthington. 20 years ago Vince and I sat in graduate school classes at Ohio State together working on our Masters in School Administration degrees. I went that route and became a principal. Vince decided to stay and work with our youth. He’s lead and mentored a generation of young men in Worthington. Men that will forever call him Coach. We live in a disposable society. It’s rare for someone to come and invest for the long haul. For the good times and the bad. Vince did that!
At the Worthington Kilbourne Football banquet on Sunday night, the team presented Vince with a framed number 28 jersey to commemorate his 28 years of service to WKHS Football. From a wins and losses standpoint, this was a tough season. But, the families and the players gave Vince a standing ovation. They recognize what he did. We need to be thankful for those in our community who commit to make a difference long term. Vince did that. As we look for another football coach I’ll be asking….can you commit to 28 years?
- Trent Bowers, Superintendent