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Daniel L. Allen
May 16, 2004

Dan AllenDan Allen, a longtime football coach at Holy Cross and Boston University, died May 16 at his home in Westboro, Mass., at 48.

Mr. Allen began his career at Holy Cross, serving as an assistant football coach from 1982 to 1989. He then accepted the post of head coach at Boston University , where he worked from 1990 to 1995; in 1993, the team attained an 11-0 record in the regular season, earning Allen NCAA Division I-AA national “Coach of the Year” honors. His overall record at Boston University was 35-34.

Mr. Allen then returned to Holy Cross in 1996 as the head football coach; he served in this capacity until 2003. Posting an overall record of 26-63 at Holy Cross, he earned the New England Sportswriters Division I-AA “Coach of the Year” award in 2000; during this season the team attained a 7-4 record.

Mr. Allen had been the recipient of many other honors, including 1981 wrestling “Coach of the Year” at Hanover ( Ind. ) College. In 1993, he was also named “Coach of the Year” by the New England Sportswriters; the Gridiron Club of Boston; and the Yankee Conference. In 2003, the Gridiron Club of Boston presented him with its John Baronian Award.

Active with the American Football Coaches Association, Mr. Allen had been a member of the Ethics Committee and, also, of the Nominating Committee, which selects the association’s board of trustees. In addition, he had served on the I-AA All-America Selection Committee and, recently, on the Professional Development Committee.

Founding a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes during his first tenure at Holy Cross, Mr. Allen subsequently started a chapter at Boston University.

A 1974 graduate of Purcell High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Allen received his bachelor’s degree from Hanover College in 1978, and his master’s degree in school administration from the University of Dayton in 1979. An all-conference linebacker at Hanover College, he was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Laura; two sons; a daughter; two brothers; four sisters; and many nephews and nieces.

 

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