Allen not returning as OPRF assistant basketball coach next season

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

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.

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Ramone Jones from Waterboro, Maine  

Posted: July 29th, 2011 4:08 PM

Al was like a father to me and Matt a brother. For those who got to know either of them would feel the same and those who have not spent time with them surely missed out. I wish them both well in their new chapters in life.

Citizen  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 8:05 PM

Good Luck to Matt on spreading his wings and taking flight. I now you'll do great Matt.

B.O  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 5:54 PM

I could talk for hours about the incredible human being that is Al Allen. He is a living example of how hard work and integrity can bring you true success and happiness. This is not the last you will hear from Al Allen, he will continue to greatly affect the community for the rest of his life.

A. Stapleton  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 12:16 PM

Al Allen has been a very special part of the OPRF athletic program, and so supportive of all the players - football too. It is very sad to see him go - but he should be proud of the great job he did at that school. And that he has influenced so many kids.

Becky Brofman from Oak Park  

Posted: July 11th, 2011 1:36 PM

Coach Allen will be missed in any capacity. He was both kids' favorite teacher by far and a wonderful influence on them and support for them. This is a good year to concentrate on Football. I think this town will really enjoy the new spirit.

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