Hilary Allen is going out in style.
The Meridian Community College women’s basketball coach led the Eagles to the NJCAA national tournament for the first time in his 12 seasons at the helm in March. The veteran coach, 23 of his 30 seasons on a college bench have been spent as a head coach, is now retiring.
“I wish to express my deepest appreciation to Dr. Scott Elliott for giving me the opportunity to continue my athletic career at Meridian Community College,” Allen said in a release, adding that he plans to move back to Florida in the near future. “I grew up in a small town in Kentucky and people just love basketball in Kentucky. So did I. It has been beyond any of my dreams to think that I have been on the bench as either the head coach or as an assistant coach for over 1,000 games.
“I want to thank all of my former players and coaches, especially my associate head coach, Celia Allen, for a great run. I had a blast!”
Allen, who previously served as a head coach at the University of Tampa, Edison Community College and Chipola Junior College, won 424 wins in those 23 seasons — 249 coming at MCC.
In racking up wins, the Eagles were consistently solid. MCC has made the NJCAA Region 23 tournament the past eight seasons, the longest current streak in the region. In addition to the region title this past season, the Eagles finished as region runners-up in 2007 and 2011. Allen led MCC to the tournament 10 times in his 12 seasons.
That success came on the back of a high-powered offense. Allen’s system depended on a fast-paced attack that led to five players topping the 1,000-point mark during their two seasons at MCC, including Chasity Kearney, who graduated this past year as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,207 points. Other 1,000-point scorers under Allen include Northeast Lauderdale’s Norianna Haynes, Meridian’s Tiara Parker and Southeast Lauderdale’s Monique Horner.
In addition to serving as women’s basketball coach, Allen also was the athletic director at MCC. During that 12-year span, 59 Eagles teamswon the region title or finished region runners-up. MCC also won a national championship, finished as national runners-up twice and finished third three times.
Allen retiring as MCC women’s basketball coach
Hilary Allen is going out in style.
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