Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Jackie Allen

John Joseph "Jackie" Allen


Born:
April 11, 1923
Somerville, MA

Died:
August 24, 1966
Newport, RI


Career
1939-40 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School)
1940-41 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School)
1941-42 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School)
1945-46 University of Rhode Island (College)
1946-47 University of Rhode Island (College)
1945-48 University of Rhode Island (College)
1949-50 Nassif Arms - Manchester, CT (EBL-Ct)
1950-51 Nassif Arms - Manchester, CT (EBL-Ct)
1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL) Head coach / player
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1954-55 Edwards - Newport, RI (Independent)
1956-57 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Providence College - Rhode Island (College) Head coach - freshmen
1958-59 Providence College - Rhode Island (College) Head coach - freshmen
1959-60 Providence College - Rhode Island (College) Head coach - freshmen 
1960-61 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School) Head coach
1961-62 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School) Head coach 
1962-63 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School) Head coach
1963-64 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School) Head coach 
1964-65 Watertown High School - Massachusetts (High School) Head coach 
1965-66 Watertown High School - Massachusetts (High School) Head coach

Jackie Allen was born in Massachusetts to Frank and Mary Allen. After leading De La Salle Academy to state prominence in the early 1940's, Allen would serve in World War 2 with the U.S. Army in Europe. After the war, he starred at URI before leaving school to become a firefighter. He would play basketball in Connecticut's Eastern League and for the ABL's Manchester club during this time. In 1956, he quit the fire department to return to school, attending Providence College and graduated in 1960 while being the head coach for the freshmen team. He would return to De La Salle as a teacher and coach, and in 1964 moved to Watertown, Massachusetts to teach junior high and coach the high school team.

Allen died in 1966 after a brief illness at the age of 43. URI held a special memorial night for him during the next season. He left behind his wife, Mary, three sons and a daughter.

Source:
Newport Mercury, March 2, 1951
Newport Daily News, June 22, 1960
Newport Daily News, August 24, 1966

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