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Johnny Allen Let Go as Football Coach after Four Seasons at Harding Academy

Johnny Allen Let Go as Football Coach after Four Seasons at Harding Academy

Johnny Allen has been fired after four seasons at Harding Academy, despite leading the Lions to four Division II playoff appearances.

“They wanted to go in a different direction with the football program,” Allen said.  “To be a coach is not privilege but a great responsibility. I’m extremely grateful to Kevin Starks and Trent Williamson for trusting me four  years ago with this responsibility and giving me the opportunity to be a part of a great community at Harding Academy.”

“Despite how it has ended, I am a blessed man for the deep relationships that have been formed with my players, students, parents, teachers and coaches; for this I’m a better man. My family and I thank the Harding community and we might not know what our future holds but we know who holds it.”

The Lions are coming off a 2-9 season as they were beat by ECS in the first round of the Division II-AA playoffs.

In his four seasons at Harding Academy, Allen posted a 20-24 record and led the Lions to the Division II-A playoffs in 2016 and DII-AA playoffs in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The best season under Allen came in 2016 as the Lions as they finished 9-2 losing to Knox. Webb in the DII-A Quarterfinals.

Allen’s overall coaching record is 33-51 as he was the head coach at Rossville Christian for four seasons (2011-14).


He has also been the defensive coordinator at Briarcrest and Christian Brothers and an assistant coach at White Station.

Currently there are 13 schools  looking for a head coach they are: Camden, Cheatham County, Clinton, Goodpasture, Harding Academy, Lincoln County, Loretto, Milan, Overton, Pigeon Forge, Red Boiling Springs, Siegel and Station Camp


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