By Kevin Eickman
There are some athletes that leave and are able to turn their love of sports into a career, Ronald R. Allen is one of them. Graduating from Milford high school in 1971, Allen combined his love for athletics, with hard work and dedication. The result was a successful college career, and a life spent teaching others about sports and life.
Playing football for Milford, Allen was a fullback, linebacker and Kicker for the squad. While his senior season was cut short by injury, during his career Allen was still named 1st, 2nd and honorable mention, All-Conference on three separate occasions. In addition, Allen was also named 3rd team all-state once.
Following his graduation from Milford, Allen attended Wesley junior college for two years. While at Wesley, Allen started eight games as a freshman at the nose tackle position. In his second year he started every game, garnering 1st team All-Conference and 3rd team All-American. In 1988 Allen was named to the Wesley Hall of Fame.
Upon his graduation from Wesley, Allen continued his education at the University of Delaware. While at Delaware he also continued his football career, playing special teams and defensive end, under the legendary coach Tubby Raymond. He graduated with a degree in Physical Education.
Following graduation, Allen became a teacher and coach. His resume includes both head and assistant coaching duties in football at Dover, Smyrna as well as Polytech high schools. He also coached basketball at each school and coached Lacrosse at Polytech. Allen also assisted at Delaware State, on the team that included future San Francisco 49er, John Taylor.
Milford LIVE.com caught up with Allen while he was on a golf vacation with 10 of his friends, from his days at Milford. “The friendships that I made while I was at Milford have lasted a lifetime,” Allen commented. “We are a very close group, and always enjoy getting together.”
When asked who was most inspirational to him, Allen said the list was long and distinguished “Every coach I had along the way had an impact on me, they were always eager to help,” Allen stated. “The way they taught me about life as well as sports was what inspired me to get into education.”
On being named to the hall of fame, Allen said he couldn’t have done it alone. “I’m honored to be named to the Hall of Fame, but this is really an honor for all of my teammates,” Allen said. “We played on a team that went 8-2, and those two losses were by a total of three points. That takes a total team effort to accomplish.”
Allen also played basketball for Milford, and was part of the 1971 State Championship team. Being part of that team is his favorite athletic memory while attending Milford. “To be part of a State Championship team was very special, it’s something you never forget,” Allen stated. Now retired and living in Rehoboth, Allen spends his free time playing golf, sailing and boating. He is married to his wife Denise and his two children, Tanner and Chelsea.