By DAVID GRAVELY, SWT Sports Editor
Pulaski County High School released a brief statement on Monday concerning the recently vacated head football coaching position.
“Pulaski County High School Principal Joseph Reed announced Greg Allen has been appointed Interim Football Coach for the PCHS Cougar’s. Coach Allen will hold this position until a new varsity football coach is hired.”
While the statement was brief and to the point, it does make it clear that the school intends for the program to continue business as usual while the search for the next head coach is underway.
That search for the new top Cougar will begin immediately, and while some may feel that the position is one that may not be as desirable as it once was, Allen feels the job is one that should draw the attention of many top coaches.
“I would consider it an honor to be chosen to lead the Cougars, and I do plan to put my name into the hat,” said Allen on Monday. “If I’m the best man for the job, then I hope that shows through. If there is someone better than me, then I hope we do what’s best for the Cougar football program. We’ve got some great kids. They’re willing to work hard and learn, and I think we have what it takes to win. Right now, I’m going to focus on trying to do the best I can to help our players get stronger and run our off-season program to make sure we’re ready for the season.”
Coach Allen played for Pulaski County during his time as a Cougar. He is a 1989 Pulaski County High School graduate and a graduate of Radford University. He began his coaching career in 2005 as an assistant coach at Pulaski County and has been there since that time. Over the years, he has coached multiple positions on both sides of the ball.
“Pulaski County is a special place,” said Coach Allen. “It would be a dream come true to earn this position, but if it’s not me then whoever ends up with the job, I hope they take that to heart right away. We’ve got some great people and some great, hard working kids in this county. Cougar Pride means a lot to all of us. I think the kids are excited to see how the search goes.”
The Cougars are currently scheduled to open their 2014 season in the final week of August on the road in Christiansburg.