Trout is a 1969
graduate of Riverdale High School was who went on to compete at Findlay
College. He quarterbacked the 1968 Falcons football team to the school’s
first undefeated season, leading the team in scoring with 80 points, and
was named first-team All-Ohio on defense. Later, Trout became a well-known
Ohio high school official in both boys and girls sports.