Missouri Southern track and field coach Brian Allen headed to Pitt State hall of fame

Allen was a 9X All-American thrower and 4X MIAA champion for the Gorillas.

Former track and field thrower Brian Allen is headed to the Pitt State Athletics Hall of Fame.

“I’m honored. I’m a little surprised to get the call honestly,” Allen says, “It means a lot going into that Hall of Fame, because there are a lot of stud athletes in that hall of fame.”

Allen is a 9X All-American and a 4X MIAA Champion, earning All-MIAA honors 15 times.

His weight throw and hammer throw records still stand at PSU.

“Honestly it’s pretty surprising with all the studs that Mantooth has had come through there,” Allen says of his standing records, “They’ve hung on by a thread I could say. There’s a couple guys there right now that could break them.”

“I’m pretty sure Brian’s shot put mark and hammer throw mark were top 10 in Division II history when he ended his career,” says Pitt State throws coach Brian Mantooth, who coached Allen in college.

While he was a Gorilla in college,Allen has spent the last six years as the throws coach and recruiting coordinator at Pitt State rival Missouri Southern.

“Definitely as a full-time coach here, being Pitt State and Missouri Southern it was a little weird walking in with green and seeing coach Mantooth and all that stuff. It’s been fun,” Allen says of coaching against his former school, “It’s been a friendly rivalry and we’ve definitely made each other better.”

“I’m there to win. He’s there to win,” Mantooth adds, “It makes me better knowing that I’m going to have to work harder every day recruiting against him. He’s very competitive just like he was when he was an athlete, and I’m very competitive as a coach.”

“He brings a tireless work ethic,” says Bryan Schiding, head coach of the Missouri Southern track and field program, “He’s always recruiting. He’s always coaching. You would be very hard pressed to find coach Allen not out there at the throw circles or in his office working.” 

Allen wears the green and gold now, but says his success as an athlete and a coach is a product of his time in Pittsburg.

“Modeling the team atmosphere after what we did at Pittsburg,” Allen says of how his time at Pitt State helped shape his coaching career, “That was the biggest thing. They know how to create a team atmosphere and make everyone fight for each other.”

The 2020 Pitt State Hall of Fame class consists of six individuals and two teams. The date for the induction ceremony has yet to be determined. Check out the complete 2020 Pitt State Hall of Fame Class HERE.