published Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Former Central coach John Allen hired at Powell High School

Former Central head football coach John Allen has been hired to take over the program at Powell (Tenn.) High School. Allen, who resigned last November after three seasons with the Purple Pounders, takes over a Powell program that played for the Class 5A state championship in 2011 and reached the semifinals the following season.

Last year, in coach Tobi Kilgore's first season as head coach, and having moved up to 6A, Powell finished 5-5. Kilgore resigned after the season to take over at Karns High.

"The program has a history of winning at Powell, so there's not a rebuilding job needing to be done like at other places I've coached," Allen said. "I've spent my career going to programs that needed to be rebuilt, so it will be nice going to a place with tradition and great facilities and everything needed to win right away."

Allen, who has a 76-75 14-year career record including 8-22 in three years at Central, also has coached locally at Silverdale Baptist, Bradley Central and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.

"We're excited to have him," Powell athletic director Brad Carr told the Knoxville News Sentinel. "We do feel like we got a guy who can come in and do a very good job."

Contact Stephen Hargis at or 423-757-6293.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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