Yellow Jackets’ winningest football coach gets HOF call

mbanks@comporium.netApril 29, 2013 

Gus Allen

— The Yellow Jackets’ all-time winningest football coach, Gus Allen, has been selected for the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.

Allen, 85, who coached Fort Mill for nine years in the 1970s, compiled a 63-34-2 record as head coach and won four Conference championships in his first five seasons, including three in a row from 1975-77.

He compiled a 251-161-8 record overall for his career while coaching in Virginia and other parts of South Carolina.

“This was a cap to it all,” Allen said. “I am happy to have it. It sort of caps my career.”

He will be inducted in the Hall of Fame in July in Greenville.

Allen said he is unsure who nominated him, but said he suspects his son – Nation Ford head football coach Michael Allen – had a lot to do with it. The younger Allen admitted that he had tried on several occasions in the past to get his father nominated, but this time around he isn’t sure how things came together.

“I am really proud of him,” Michael Allen said. “I know the influence he had on young people and other coaches. I am very happy for him. He is very deserving of the honor. I learned a lot from my dad.”

The elder Allen took Fort Mill to the playoffs on five different occasions and even made it to the Upper State finals in 1975. Fort Mill lost to Woodruff 21-16 in that game.

Allen won Conference Coach of The Year titles five straight years from 1973-1977, while at Fort Mill. He left in the early 1980s, moving to Virginia to coach up there and he continued to have success, winning the Virginia Central Region championship in 1984.

He had 19 players sign to go to college and four of them eventually made it to the NFL.

This isn’t the first Hall of Fame Allen has been inducted into. He was inducted into the York County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, and is a member of the Wall of Fame at Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va., as well as a member of the Batesburg-Leesville High Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

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