After 44 years, former Highland Park & Big Country coach Randy Allen retires

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After 44 years with 37 as a head coach, former Big Country and Highland Park football legend Randy Allen announced his retirement from coaching on Wednesday.

"This is the right time to retire," Allen said at a press conference Wednesday. "My mentors, friends, and family have all affirmed this decision. Although overwhelmed with the emotions of the end of this chapter, I am at peace."

Allen, who spent 19 seasons with the Scots with 226 wins and three UIL State foootball titles in 2005, 2016, and 2017 – also has Big Country ties to the area.

His career began in Ballinger in 1981, before following Gordon Wood in Brownwood beginning in 1986. Then, the former Cooper Cougar arrived back at his alma mater for a head coaching run that spanned from 1991-1998.

But arguably his most memorable time at Cooper came as a player, having been a part of the Coogs’ 1967 state title run.

Known for wearing a fedora, blacked rimmed glasses, and suits on the sideline, was no. 3 on a list of the state’s highest paid football coaches at $133,875.

Allen leaves the game as the fourth-winningest coach in UIL history with 376 victories – only trailing Phil Danaher, G.A. Moore, and Gordon Wood.

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