Gordon said Snyder taught him things at Allen that he didn’t realize at the time, but now understands as a college student. Coach Allen was the coach of the original San Diego Sol women’s basketball team which compiled a record of 28-3 in the 1997-98 season, including a re-match win against the Chinese Jr. National Team. Allen Whitehart is the Varsity Head Coach and program director. He met them as an Allen High School student and basketball player and as a student-athlete at DeSales University. After 23 seasons, Snyder is pleased to have Braswell be the one to follow him in charge of the Canaries. He began his coaching career at Princeton High School, in the shadows of the place where he played for legendary Princeton University coach and Bethlehem native Pete Carril. We weren’t the richest family. The Lady Bruins ranked as high as #6 in the country. However, within days, the coronavirus outbreak shuttered the doors at Allen and all schools across the state. For me to become the first African-American coach in Allen boys basketball history means a lot.". VALLEY ATHLETICS. Doing both made me whole a person. ", Snyder will have plenty of great memories to take with him from what he called "a wonderful ride.". "I’ve been there. Sync up-to-date game schedules with your phone and/or personal calendar (i.e. Then, in the 2017–18 season, Allen boys won its first state championship in the school's history. South Whitehall residents see bold project as runaway development. Coach Tatum is coming to Allen with 19 years of coaching experience and was most recently at Carolina University in Winston-Salem, NC for the past two seasons in which she was 36-21 and led the Lady Bruins to the NCCAA Regional Tournament Championship Game in both seasons. Milton has teams at the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, JV and Varsity level. “He said that a lot and it translated to who I am. “I have to go with the guys we have in that building. In his first season at Milton, Coach Whitehart led the Eagle’s to a 17-11 record while qualifying for the state playoffs, while improving to 20-8 in year 2, and again qualifying for the state playoffs, his 12th time in 12 seasons as a head coach. At its Nov. 20 meeting, the Board of Education voted against renewing the contract for Gene Allen, the longtime head coach for the championship-winning Atlantic City High School boys basketball team. Braswell was a former standout for the Canaries during his high school playing days. Have a Fan Account? “I walked the streets of Allentown, I played at Union Terrace, Boys/Girls Club, Raub MS, and Allen,” said Braswell. Amazingly, over the next 95 years, the school, which later became known as William Allen High School, also had four coaches — J. Birney Crum, J. Milo Sewards, John Donmoyer and Doug Snyder. I want to help them reach the heights they want to reach.". Braswell will inherit a team that returns 11 of 14 players coming off a 23-6 season that included the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship. 2, Executive Education Academy Charter Raptors, [More High School Sports] Preseason Lehigh Valley Boys Basketball Top 10 Tour: No. He reconciled the notion of losing two parents two days apart, saying: “While I didn’t want him to die and devastated that he left us while we were planning my mom’s funeral, I know that my father wanted to be with my mother. Coach Snyder instilled belief and confidence into kids at a young age. Please Review the Spectator Guidelines before attending a game. William Allen High School. Girls Varsity Basketball. He also taught me to treat people the way you want to be treated. “It’s wonderful to see them execute in a game situation exactly what you’ve taught them at practice. I am thankful for that.”, Keith Groller can be reached at 610-820-6740 or at kgroller@mcall.com. “I will never forget the day I met because he inspired me; he saw a hard-working young man in me that I didn’t see myself,” Gordon said. Mt. Braswell has coached several area high schools and most recently served as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and Director of Athletic Recruiting at DeSales. “In 10th grade, he moved me up to varsity and told me he saw a lot of potential and I just needed to work harder. I still go to him for advice about anything in my life. It was difficult enough for an adult to handle much less a bunch of high school kids. Braswell was one of the stars on Allen’s 2006 Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 Class 4A championship teams. As for Snyder, it has just been a little more than two months since he coached his last game; too short a period for a legacy to be finalized. Allen will be honored at halftime of the Reed boys basketball playoff game on Wednesday against Damonte Ranch (7 p.m.). Catch discounts on cool stuff often used by high school athletes and fans! Experienced Head Basketball Coach with a demonstrated history of working in the wholesale industry. Snyder came into the gym with Cannon and ex-Allen standout Daquan Holiday and told Gordon he couldn’t wait to coach him at Allen. He understood he had large shoes to fill, but saw an opportunity to give back to a city and school district that was going through its own transitional phase and young men going through struggles. This will be my 8 th year coaching high school girls’ basketball and my 3 rd year at Allen High School. “I am going to work extremely hard. He said he will never be too far away from the sport of basketball and said he and his wife, Liz, who also may be nearing retirement, could travel to places his basketball schedule never allowed them to go. “He’s always been able to command the attention of a room, no matter the audience,” said Allen assistant principal and close friend Randy Atiyeh. The coach was John Weimer. No coaches assigned to this season. He was touched by the outpouring of support for him and his family, but typically, his concern was more about his players than himself. “I’m fortunate to be inheriting a great group of guards," Braswell said. The Allen varsity basketball team has an away non-conference game @ Rockwall (TX) on Friday, December 18 @ 7p. Team Coaches. The faithful fans who made the lengthy trip didn’t realize that with a 76-65 PIAA 6A first-round loss to Chester, Snyder’s career had come to an end. The legacies of the late Crum, Sewards and Donmoyer are well established. Allen's basketball rankings have been updated. Login / Join. I played for the Boys and Girls Club. He’ll miss the friendships he has made at virtually every school in the area. In a span of about 16 days, Allen boys basketball coach Doug Snyder lost his parents, coached his last basketball game and spent his last day in an Allen High classroom. high school sports Basketball. Posted 17 mins ago. Valley Athletics is proud to offer a wide variety of spirit wear, apparel, and accessory options for all ages. Wellington High School basketball fans have been spoiled in recent years with elite players like Trent Frazier and Linton Brown ... team,” Marvin Allen said. Continue to support our coaches and athletes on their road to “Victory With Honor”! Allen High School Baseball Search. I see them all the time at the YMCA and working out in gyms constantly. “He taught me a lot about life. He handled the sense of loss with the poise and resolve he has always had as a player and coach. From a basketball perspective, he’ll miss the diehard, loud-voiced Canary fans in their blue polo shirts at every game and he’ll miss working with his assistant coaches and support staff, who included a few former special education students he always made sure were part of the basketball family. On Wednesday, Bertram was named girls basketball coach at Rapid City Central. Baseball Softball Tennis Track Volleyball. The 1988 Elgin graduate replaces David Hess, who resigned in early July after one season, citing family reasons. Game Summaries. He’ll miss the practices, the game nights, competing for championships. “Nate, Manny and Mel are very talented, and the one thing I know about the three of them is that they love the game of basketball. But Darnell Braswell is used to challenges. “I moved here from Newark when I was nine years old and I walked the same hallways they are walking today,” he said. “As a program we had to deal with three major things in a brief period of time. link to homepage Allen East Local Schools 9105 Harding Hwy, Harrod, OH 45850 Phone: 419-648-3333 Fax: Central Office: 419-648-5282, High School Office: 419-649-8900 Tickets for away games will be sold at the discretion of the home team. A-UP! Before having an exceptional career playing for Allen High School and DeSales University, Darnell Braswell played basketball at the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown. Now, he’s ready to take on the job of replacing Doug Snyder as the head coach of the Allen boys basketball program. Having played for two members of the Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame before being inducted himself in 2016, Braswell said he has learned a lot about building relationships. I played at Raub and Allen. My classroom is as much the gymnasium as it is the place where I teach history. Snyder isn’t sure of what the next phase of his life will entail. Now they are plotting the township’s future. ... losing my parents, which started with the passing of my mother on the day of the District 11 semifinal against Freedom, and then you had my resignation at Oxford, and then, less than a week later, the coronavirus hits and everybody is out of school,” Snyder said. “It helped that Darnell played for one of the best Division III men’s basketball coaches in the country in Scott Coval and then learned even more from his at his side for five seasons as an assistant,” Snyder said. 1, the Central Catholic Vikings, [More High School Sports] Jevin Muniz explodes early, Executive holds on late in win over Notre Dame as boys basketball season begins, [More High School Sports] Preseason Lehigh Valley boys basketball Top 10 tour: No. Ultimately, that’s what you want as a teacher and coach, which was such an important aspect of my life. Keith Groller can be reached at 610-820-6740 or at kgroller@mcall.com. #WeAreGRITT ALLENTOWN, Pa. - William Allen hired Darnell Braswell as the school's next head boys' basketball coach. Allen has accepted the head boys basketball coaching at Class 4A Madison County, replacing Craig Hill, who has accepted an assistant principal position at the school. “He also has high school experience, which is important. The William Allen varsity basketball team lost Saturday's neutral playoff game against Chester (PA) by a score of 76-63. The totals that can’t be quantified are the numbers of athletes he guided toward better lives, or in many cases, lives he saved from spiraling toward despair and destruction. He was on his way to a successful career in New Jersey when Donmoyer’s retirement in 1997 gave him a chance to return to his hometown where he played at South Mountain Junior High before becoming a 1,000-point scorer while playing for Sewards at Allen. Allen Drake Head Basketball Coach at Northwood High School Toledo, Ohio Area Sports He wanted them to know he considered them champions. He will, however, miss all the trappings of teaching and coaching at one of the Lehigh Valley’s oldest and most prominent high schools and in the city where he grew up. ... Basketball Indoor Track Swimming Wrestling. More importantly, I’ll miss seeing my former players go out in the real world and become productive members of society. He didn’t tell his players his decision until the last game was over. Part of him wishes he could be back in the classroom next fall, if the students are allowed back, and be able to talk to his students about the pandemic they’re living through and give them context about what a major event in world history it is. Three very talented guards -- Nate Ellis, Emmanuel Ozuna and Mel Copeland -- figure to lead a small, but quick Canaries squad next winter. But he also had a major impact on lesser-known players who stayed with basketball and their education after leaving Allen because of Snyder’s influence. Create an account for Allen Park High School or sign in to take advantage of following: Get instant email and text alerts when your team's game times change! Allen High School’s New Basketball Coach Once Played Basketball at 6th Street Clubhouse When you hear people saying Great Futures start at the Boys & Girls Club, they aren’t kidding! “I have enjoyed seeing kids learn, grow and develop,” Snyder said. The planners call it innovative. One of them is Malik Gordon, a 2018 graduate who just completed his sophomore year at Penn State-Dubois. The final scene was at Oxford High School in Chester County on March 7, a two-hour drive from Allentown where a few dozen Canary fans saw him coach his team one last time just one day after Snyder’s family had funeral services for his parents, Dr. Richard Snyder and Audrey Snyder, who died two days apart in late February. The coach was John Weimer. That leadership doesn’t happen by accident. No one earned more respect than Snyder and it wasn’t just his players who listened to him. He inherits a Cobblers program that went 8-13 last season and … But he might not be done coaching entirely. 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Braswell said he’s looking forward to working with new Allen athletic director Randy Atiyeh and said he’ll be looking to build a coaching staff while waiting for the coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted. “The big thing is I know what these kids are dealing with on a daily basis,” he added. Tickets for Allen High School (Freshman - Senior) Basketball games will be available for purchase at the gate. Allen signed on at Canarsie High School in 1989, working in the schools basketball program for 22 years until the school shut its doors in 2011. However, Snyder said: “Life is not a fairy tale. Search. Most of all, he’ll miss making young people better. Back. Boys Varsity Girls Junior Varsity Girls Varsity. "Many of our kids live just a few blocks from the PPL Center and for them to have that moment in their hometown was something they could always remember and take with them. The planners call it innovative. Skilled in Sponsorship, Event Planning, Sports Coaching… The same school produced two other well-known Hoosiers — national championship-winning basketball stars Kent Benson and Steve Alford. New Allen High School boys basketball coach Darnell Braswell was a two-time Division III All-American at DeSales and spent the last five seasons on the Bulldogs coaching staff. Boys Varsity Co-ed Varsity Girls Varsity. If a relationship is cultivated, respect will follow. Brent Willliams, a former Easton High standout and assistant, is expected to be a new member of the staff. He was 37. 1, the Central Catholic Vikings, Jevin Muniz explodes early, Executive holds on late in win over Notre Dame as boys basketball season begins, Preseason Lehigh Valley boys basketball Top 10 tour: No. He brought a lot of leadership to the table whether it was in a football huddle or on the basketball court.". They got knocked over the head with a lot of things. Schedule Coaches Roster Summaries & Headlines News Photos Videos Camps Team Links Team Files. Coaches have kept sports alive in 2020. As long as I have guys who love the game of basketball and bring it every day, we’ll be fine. The richness of The Allentown School District's diversity is strengthened by its central role in educating our students for America's future through academic excellence and celebrating the culturally responsive, athletic and artistic range of talent in the schools. Allan Mercer Bristow, Jr. (born August 23, 1951) is a retired American professional basketball player, coach, and executive. Our basketball teams are full of dedicated young athletes who are committed to excellence on the basketball court and in the classroom. Game Summaries. Braswell can relate well to many of the Allen players because of his own life story. Schedule Coaches Roster Summaries & Headlines News Photos Videos Camps Team Links Team Files. I want to inspire them and put them on the same positive trajectory Allen put me on.”. “I can’t control that,” Braswell said. I came from a single-parent household with a mother who had to raise four boys. When he finally was able to speak to the team without the emotion of a season-ending loss as a backdrop, Snyder conveyed how proud he was of his final team. I played at Union Terrace. Was named the TABC 6A assistant coach of the year for the 2017-2018 basketball season. Snyder decided before the season that the 2019-20 campaign would be his last. In the 2013–14 season Allen High School's basketball program went to the state championship for the first time in 50 years. Snyder said successful coaching starts with forming strong relationships. Glen Allen High School Basketball, Glen Allen, VA. 522 likes. Cheerleaders. Gordon first met Snyder in fifth grade when he was a PAL League player at Washington Elementary School. He had planned to have his typical, end-of-season session and a thorough review with the team once things settled down. You’re not imagining it, The holidays come to light: Where to see the Lehigh Valley’s best displays. MaxPreps will have live scoring updates for this game by Fan Jonathon Johnson. I walked the streets of Allentown. Allen Rankings Update Team rankings updated on: 12/15/2020 7:56 AM. Allen, 48, has been named the new boys basketball coach at Elgin High School, athletic director Paul Pennington announced via release. "People may forget because of his basketball prowess, but Darnell was also the quarterback on the football team for a couple of seasons. Then in 1924-25, Ben Ingalls and Roy Geary shared the coaching duties. Allen, like his father, coached high school football in Indiana and took his first college coaching job at Division III Wabash College, an all-men’s school located 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis. 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