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Football Coaching Staff
John Allen
Quarterbacks Coach

Allen joined the Delaware State University staff in February 2015.

During the 2016 season with Allen as offensive coordinator, the Hornets improved to sixth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in rushing at 128.7 yards per game, the team's best league finish since 2008.  Mike Waters was third in the MEAC with a DSU freshman record 820 yards rushing, while Brycen Alleyne (so.) was fifth in the league with 574 yards rushing last season.  

Also, Waters (fr.) and wide receiver Mason Rutherford (jr.) were named to the 2016 All-MEAC Third Team, while quarterback Daniel Epperson ranked 10th in the league in passing yards.

During the 2015 season, the Hornets posted a 22-yard per game improvement in passing yards, while DSU's pass efficiency rating was 10 points higher than the previous year. 

Also during the 2015 campaign, Hornet junior Gil Rivera was ninth in the MEAC in passing yards per game, while wideout Aris Scott was fourth in the league in reception yards and tied for fifth in receptions per game.

Prior to joining the Delaware State staff, Allen was head coach at Lock Haven University from 2011 to 2014.

His highlights at Lock Haven included one Football Gazette All-Super Region selection; one All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Defensive First Team selection; 11 All-PSAC Second Team players; top PSAC East football team GPA for 2012-13; and 31 PSAC Scholar-Athletes.

Thanks to Allen's leadership, several players earned 2014 preseason honors, including place-kicker Alex Boumerhi, who was nominated for the Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award Watch List; and George Christas, who earned Preseason All-American honors.

Allen's 2013 Lock Haven squad featured four All-PSAC players. Seniors Brandon Brader, James Wilbern, Anthony Herko and Tyrek Morgan were all named to the All-PSAC East Second Team.

The four Bald Eagles earning All-Conference honors were the most since LHU had five players named All-PSAC in 2005.

Brader finished his career with 2,704 career rushing yards, which is fourth-best in school history. The Bald Eagles offense averaged 282.1 total yards per game and scored 24 touchdowns in 2013, each the most since '04. LHU averaged 105.8 yards per game on the ground and 176.3 in the air for the 2013 season.

Lock Haven's Kyle White was nominated for the 2013 Gene Upshaw Award, given annually to the top lineman in Division II football. Defensive back George Christas was nominated for the inaugural Cliff Harris Award, which is awarded to the top small college defensive player representing NCAA Division II, III and NAIA colleges and
universities.

The final game of the season would prove to be the end of the streak, as the Bald Eagles downed Cheyney 15-7 in front of the loudest fans they had seen in years. Lock Haven wrapped up the season with a 1-10 overall record and a boost of momentum heading into the off-season.

Allen, a 1996 graduate of James Madison University was no stranger to Lock Haven University or the Lock Haven community, having served as an assistant coach at LHU from 1996 to 2003.

Before accepting the head coaching job at Lock Haven in March of 2011, Allen served as the coordinator of player development with the Nittany Lions at Penn State University (2008-2011). During his time at Penn State, the team went to the Outback Bowl (2011), Capital One Bowl (2010), and the BCS Rose Bowl (2009).

Allen's previous head coaching experience was in NFL Europe, where he was the head coach of the Berlin Thunder. Before his time with the Thunder, Allen was the offensive coordinator for the Amsterdam Admirals for three seasons. In 2005, he helped lead the Admirals to the World Bowl, the league's championship.

 

 

 

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Position: Quarterbacks Coach
Alma Mater: James Madison
Graduating Year: 1996
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 302-857-7682
Email: jallen@desu.edu
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