New Holy Family Football Coach Has Spent His Life Around the Game

Incoming football coach Tim Triplett is ready to heat up the Fire's season.

Tim Triplett has a plaque with a quote from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus hanging near his desk. It says "a man’s character is his fate." Triplett interprets that as this: How you live your life and the decisions you make are going to impact your success and how you’re going to be remembered. That philosophy guides how he coaches.

“Whether it’s four years in high school or four years in college, that’s just four years,” says Triplett, Holy Family Catholic High School’s new football coach. “I’m interested in how [players are] going to be 30 and 40 and 50 years down the road. What kind of husbands and fathers are they going to be? Hopefully, the experiences they’ve had under my regime [are] going to help them long after game day.”

The 35-year-old Triplett has been around football his entire life. His father, Dave, is the second-winningest football coach in University of South Dakota (USD) history. Triplett spent his childhood tagging along with his father to football practices in Vermillion, S.D., and later at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, when his father was an assistant. “Hayden Fry (the longtime Iowa coach) used to throw me passes out at practice,” he says. “I thought that was pretty cool. Of course, I had no idea who he was.”

From watching his father coach, Triplett says he learned to treat people fairly. “He knows everything about the game regarding the Xs and Os, but I always appreciated the teaching aspect of his coaching, being able to build a rapport with the student-athletes,” he says of his father.

This is Triplett’s first foray into coaching high school football. He spent 12 years coaching in the college ranks, most recently as the recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. He also coached at his alma mater, USD, as well as three other schools. During his USD playing career, he was a wide receiver.

So, why the move to high school? He says it started with his transition from coaching at USD to the smaller St. Thomas. “It was more conducive to having a life,” he says, allowing him to spend more time with one of his brothers living in Eagan and some cousins in St. Paul.

Triplett then got to a point in his career when he wanted to be a head coach. “This job at Holy Family was certainly intriguing because it’s a Catholic institution. We’re a Catholic family,” he says. “It was a big opportunity for me in my career to lead young people and positively influence them.”

Nick Tibesar, the Victoria school’s activities director, is excited to have such an experienced coach on the sidelines at Fire football games. “His football IQ is just off the charts,” he says. Tibesar says Glenn Caruso, the head coach at St. Thomas, has done an excellent job of building a culture among the student-athletes “where things get done the right way.” He hopes Triplett will do the same at Holy Family.

Last year’s Holy Family squad finished 4-5. Triplett thinks this year’s team has a solid foundation of great leaders and athletes to take them a long way. He has a particular affinity for special teams play. “When I played in college, I was on special teams,” he says. “Really, that’s how I earned my scholarship.”  

Triplett, who started at the school in June, is also the assistant activities director. Over the summer, he helped with the school’s summer conditioning programs and the youth football camp.

“Being involved in other administrative duties broadens my horizon,” he says.