Coach John Allen Resigns at Chattanooga Central

Monday, November 11, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

Chattanooga Central head football coach John Allen resigned today after leading the Purple Pounders to the state playoffs this fall and a 5-6 record.

In three years at the Harrison, Tenn. school, Allen was 10-21.

"Coach Allen coached the Purple Pounders for three years and made tremendous strides in improving our athletic department physically and financially," said Chattanooga Central principal Finley King.

"Under his leadership, with the help of alumni and supporters, we were able to renovate our football stadium, weight room facility and our football locker room. Landscaping and visual improvements surrounding our athletic facilities were upgraded also during his tenure. We appreciate his hard work in helping us uphold the traditions that Central High School holds true."

Coach Allen replaced Sam Montgomery in the spring of 2011 as Central head coach after serving as head coach at Silverdale for five years with three playoff appearances.

Overall, Allen has been a head coach for 14 years in the Greater Chattanooga area with a 76-75 record, as he coached at Bradley Central for one year prior to Silverdale and five years at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.

He had his most successful years at LFO as he led them to a 40-16 record (2000-04) and four playoff appearances.  His best season with the Warriors was 11-1 in 2004 reaching the second round of the playoffs, losing to state semifinalist Salem.

"Coach Allen has definitely been a positive addition to our teaching and coaching staff here at Central," said King. "He will certainly be missed and we wish him much success in his future endeavors.

"We will be putting together an interview panel of school personnel, alumni and community leaders to begin seeking a qualified and proven high school experienced coach. "


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