From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Brian Allen, former standout at Joplin High School and Pittsburg State University, has been hired as assistant coach for Missouri Southern’s track and field program, Lions men’s coach Bryan Schiding announced Wednesday.
Allen joins the Lions’ staff after coaching the throwers at Central Missouri for the past two seasons. Before that, he spent one season as an assistant at Pittsburg State.
He has worked with 22 all-MIAA and 11 All-America throwers, including one national champion in the shot put and a runner-up in the discus.
“We are very excited to have Brian join our track and field staff,” Schiding said in a release. “He has a wealth of knowledge in the throwing event areas, which has been clearly evident in the last few years. Having experience both competing and coaching in the MIAA, he understands the commitment it will take to continue MSSU’s rich tradition in the throws.
“In addition to his coaching responsibilities he will serve as the recruiting coordinator for the men’s program and also have duties with academic coordination and support.”
A 2005 graduate of Joplin High School, Allen earned Class 4 all-state honors twice in the throws for the Eagles. He placed fifth in the discus and the shot put at the state meet his junior season.
As a senior Allen won the shot put with a distance of 57 feet, 111⁄4 inches, almost two feet farther than the rest of the field.
During his four-year career with the Gorillas, he was a nine-time All-American, highlighted by a second-place finish in the shot put in 2009. He was a 17-time all-MIAA thrower and won seven conference championships — four in the hammer throw, two in the discus and one in the shot put.
He holds PSU records in the hammer, weight throw and indoor and outdoor shot put.