By Brad Spencer
Former OPRF head basketball coach Al Allen, who spent last season as an assistant under Matt Maloney, will not be returning to the hardwood this winter.
Allen, who skippered the hoops program for 21 years before handing the reins over to Maloney three years ago, suffered a stroke in January but returned to the team in a limited capacity. He has since fully recovered and is currently helping coach the varsity football team.
"He will be greatly missed for all of his years of dedication, experience and mentoring," said Maloney, who not only coached under Allen but played for him as well. "He will still have a role behind the scenes but will take some time to travel and watch Iman (Shumpert) and others play during the winter."
Maloney said he is still in the process of finalizing his staff for next season.
Check out the July 13 print edition of Wednesday Journal for stories on both the OPRF and Fenwick boys basketball teams.