After three years as Glenwood’s football coach, Jason Allen is headed home.
Allen accepted a position to become the head football coach and athletic director for Chambers Academy, his alma mater, last Thursday, resigning his post with the Gators.
This will be his third stint as the Rebels head coach, having served in the position from 1998-2001 and 2006-09. He graduated from the school in 1992 and worked as an assistant coach for two seasons in 1996-97. He led the Rebels to two state title game appearances as a head coach (1999, 2000) and one as an assistant (1996).
“I was excited about the opportunity to be athletic director and run my own program and still be able to do what I love to do, which is coach football,” Allen said. “It’s home for me. It’s where I come from. It all just felt right.”
Allen coached Glenwood to a 21-15 record in three seasons, including an AISA Class AAA title game appearance in 2011. At Chambers, he will take over a program that won just a single game in 2012.
He said he embraces that challenge at Chambers and looks forward to turning it into a winning program.
“I’ve done my best coaching in my career in situations where there may not be as much talent right away,” he said. “I feel like it’s an opportunity to come in and help the players grow into a winner. I’m excited about rolling up my sleeves and setting a foundation.”
Allen will begin his tenure at Chambers in two weeks after Glenwood’s school year comes to an end. The coach said he will have a shortened spring practice with the Rebels next week.
Glenwood, which is already in the process of filling the vacancy, will not have spring practice.
In an interview with the Opelika-Auburn News, headmaster Frankie Mitchum said the school posted the job listing on Monday and has received 15 applications so far. He has interviewed one person and has more scheduled for next week.
Allen had nothing but praise for his former team, saying it was a great experience at Glenwood.
“It was nothing but a first-class experience here at Glenwood, from the administration to the people and the kids I’ve been able to coach. It was a terrific season in my life,” he said. “It made me a better person and coach. I’m proud of what we did here, and I think I leave it better than I found it. We accomplished a lot.”
David Mitchell, 706-571-8571; Follow David on Twitter @leprepsports.