Basketball: Allen won't return as St. Helens boys' coach
Sources have confirmed that Jerry Allen's contract will not be renewed for next season
When boys basketball tips off next season in St. Helens, Jerry Allen will no longer be patrolling the sideline.
Sources inside the St. Helens athletics department confirmed Thursday that Allens contract would not be renewed this spring, but declined to comment on the reasoning behind the decision, or whether it had come from the department or from Allen.
Neither Allen nor Athletics Director Cyndy Miller could be reached for comment before Thursdays press deadline.
The Lions finished 4-19 in their 2013-14 campaign, losing 11 straight after beating Scappoose and The Dalles in the seasons first two games. The Lions also swept Rex Putnam in the season series for their only two league victories.
Over the course of the season, the team dropped more than a handful of games after holding a lead late in the contest, prompting Allens criticism of the teams toughness on defense.
Allen became known for having high standards for his athletes, even commenting in one interview that one player said he was mean. Allen responded saying he wasnt mean, he was just tough, but that he would work on adjusting his approach to become more of a teacher and less of an enforcer.
The vacancy leaves St. Helens with two coaching positions to fill, adding to the boys soccer coach that has yet to be hired. The Lions will graduate seven seniors from their varsity squad, including captain Tanner Long and senior forward Corey West, who combined to lead the team in scoring in nearly every game.