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Allen resigns as boys basketball coach

April 13, 2006

After nine years as the head boys basketball coach at Lansing High School, Don Allen has decided to step aside.

Allen said he informed LHS activities director Gary Mattingly and principal Steve Dike of his decision on Wednesday. Allen then met his the team on Thursday to break the news.

Don Allen

Don Allen

"It was difficult for me," Allen said of the moment he told his players he was stepping down as coach. "I struggled for a long time on how I was going to go about telling them, and really there's no other way to tell them other than to just be truthful to them. I told them I wasn't coming back next year, and I explained to them my situation."

Allen's situation is twofold. For one, he and his wife are expecting their third child this summer, the oldest of which is 5 years old. The second factor, Allen said, was that he planned to go back to school as a full-time graduate student to pursue his master's degree in administration.

"That's going to take quite a bit of commitment from me, and I didn't feel that I could necessarily commit as much as I felt I needed to to basketball to be fair to myself and to be fair to the guys," Allen said.

Allen said there was no administrative pressure for him to step aside as coach. Instead, the decision was made after weeks of discussion with his wife.

Allen will remain at LHS as a teacher. He said he would continue to coach seventh-grade football in the fall.

The rest of his time - when not in the classroom as a teacher or student - will be spent with his wife and sons.

"We're going to have three boys, so I'm not going to be looking for things to do," Allen said with a chuckle. "I imagine they're going to keep us as busy as we want to be."

Allen took over the LHS program in the 1997-1998 season after spending three years as an assistant at the school. He compiled a 94-100 record and guided the Lions to a state tournament appearance and 17-7 record during the 2002-2003 season.

For more on Allen's resignation and the search for a new coach, check back at and pick up the April 20 edition of The Current.


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