By Michael Hicks
Kim Wikre remembers the day her oldest son, Trevor, called her to tell her he was going in for emergency surgery to have his right pinkie amputated. She thought it was a joke, at first. That was Trevor –– always joking around.
He had pulled this prank so many times before –– once calling to say he hurt his knee as she was driving down First Street ¬¬–– that these kinds of calls had become almost commonplace. But this time he wasn’t joking. He was really hurt and he was going through with the surgery so he could finish his collegiate playing career as a lineman on Mesa State‘s football team.
Even if she had told him not to go in there and do it, he would have. That’s who Trevor Wikre is. If he’s determined to do something, he’ll do it. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the 22-year-old Berthoud High graduate is shooting for his next goal –– to coach football.
Originally the plan was to coach high school ball, according to his mother, but this summer an opportunity came up to be an intern coach at Colorado State University. It was too good to pass up.
Already holding a pair of degrees, including his bachelor’s in K-12 physical education, Wikre is now working toward his Master’s in Education Leadership at CSU. In the meantime, thanks to his relationship with his defensive line coach Bill Stafford at Mesa State, Wikre is also helping out CSU’s football program. Stafford knows Tom Ehlers, Colorado State’s Director of Football Operations, back from their playing days with the Rams. In turn, Ehlers got in contact with head coach Steve Fairchild, and, now, Wikre is helping out coaching the defensive line alongside coach Scott Brown.
It’s all part of Wikre’s grand plan.
“Hopefully I’ll get someone to like me enough to bring me along,” Wikre said.
Besides coaching and working on his own studies, Wikre is helping out as a learning coordinator, helping incoming student-athletes get accustomed to the daily routine on a college campus.
He can’t be at practice all the time every day or even knows if he’ll be on the sideline game in and game out. He’s not even certain he’ll be allowed to travel with the team. But whatever he can do he will. Who knows, maybe in turn, it will lead to a coaching opening somewhere for him down the road.
“It’s more of whatever comes my way. Whatever opens up I’ll take,” Wikre said.
It’s all about the big picture. Knowing his passion for the game and for kids, he’ll get to where he’s going one day. His mother is sure of that.
“If he keeps up he should be pretty successful,” Kim Wikre said.