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. "

 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


PHOTOS: Central Pounds Red Bank For 3-AA Semifinal Win, 71-58

Berean Academy Boys Win State Bastketball Title For 1st Time; Girls Finish 2nd

For the first time in school history, the Berean Academy boys won the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools state basketball championship. The Berean girls finished second in the state. The Berean boys finished the season 26-4 with their victories including over Soddy Daisy, Chattanooga Christian twice, Silverdale and St.Andrews. The starting five of Jordan Long, Matthew ... (click for more)

Deputy Beaten After Vehicle Crashes In His Yard Sues Officers

A man who was mistakenly beaten by officers who had been pursuing a pickup truck that crashed into his home has sued Hamilton County and the officers for $700,000. Aaron Lucas Shelton and his wife, Heather Nicole Shelton, filed the suit in Circuit Court. Aaron Shelton is himself a deputy sheriff. It names Curtis Brian Killingsworth and unknown officers who allegedly took part ... (click for more)

Signal Council, Residents Concerned About Unsafe Driving En Route To Schools

The town council of Signal Mountain is dealing with a traffic problem caused by increased traffic to and from Signal Mountain Middle High School and Nolan Elementary. Mayor Dick Gee said, “This is a tough issue that we wouldn’t have to deal with if everyone would drive responsibly.” The main concern is for safety and in November the council agreed to try to fix the problem by ... (click for more)

Net Neutrality: The Beginning Of The End Or Just A New Beginning?

“The Internet is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field,” says Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, “Today’s order is more powerful and more expansive than any previously suggested.”  The FCC’s vote for so-called Net Neutrality purports to allow the agency to regulate the Internet as a public utility.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden On March 1

As I try to do at the beginning of each month, I stroll through my garden to see the good and the bad. This morning there is still a solid covering of snow but, as usual, there is still a lot to see. March is historically known for “coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb” so let’s see who gets what: A LAMB to the fact 90-year-old Floyd Hartwig of Easton, Calif., and his ... (click for more)