Gene Allen, truly one of Greenville#039;s best coaches

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 19, 2000

I have a lot of great memories about Greenville High School.

As a typical senior, one of the highlights was seeing the Tigers win the 5A state championship back in 1994 before a home crowd of thousands of people.

The 28-14 win over Homewood is now legendary.

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Several players from that team went off the play for the Crimson Tide while other notables ventured to other schools.

Thinking I was too small and too slow to play ball, I didn't mind doing the next best thing; cheering for the Tigers in their quest for a state championship.

When the quest was complete, GHS coach Gene Allen handled the publicity in a way that could only make the community proud.

Then again, he always made Greenville proud.

Along with other coaches, he was an example of Tiger Pride.

Allen was and is a great coach and a equally great figure in the community.

Besides his work on the field, which included the usual appearance at the playoffs, Allen was respected by his peers and students off the field.

On behalf of The Advocate, I'd like to say thank you' for the memories.

From the thrilling wins to the football accomplishments, Coach Allen has helped assure


a spot in the state football history books.

GHS football will continue

and get better in time.

As for Allen, he will stake another

claim for the history books with Talledega High.