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Thoughts on Lonny Allen's 400th win

April 17, 2010 - Zach Baker

 In recent years, it's been easy to get the results of Tiffin University's baseball games. 

Just go online to TU's web site and print out a box.

But just a few years ago, I would come into the office and see the red light on the voicemail. I knew one of the messages was coach Lonny Allen calling in.

It didn't matter what the score, or where the Dragons were. Allen would call in and leave results, top players, and a comment on how his team played. 

In recent years, I've talked to Allen quite a bit, and not just about baseball. He became the school's athletic director, which means he's the main source on hirings and resignations of coaches. That's never an easy place to be. But Allen has always returned my calls, always answered my questions, and always been a complete professional with me.

Earlier this week, Allen won his 400th game as coach of the Dragons. He's been coaching at TU now for 19 years, which means he has been a coach of an NAIA team, a Division II team, and a GLIAC team.

Four hundred wins got me thinking: I wonder how many calls he's made to The A-T in that time.

To one of the hardest working people in local college sports, congratulations.




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