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Final Arrangements Set For Former Football Coach Dan Allen

May 18, 2004

Final arrangements have been set for former Terrier football coach Dan Allen, who passed away on Sunday, May 16, after battling complications of multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome for the past two years.

The wake will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 20 at the Mercadante Funeral Home in Worcester. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 21 at St. Paul's Cathedral in Worcester. Directions to both the funeral home and Cathedral follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Danny Fund and mailed to Carol Sexton, branch manager, Sovereign Bank, 70 East Main Street, Westborough, Mass. 01581. The fund was set up to help defray the high cost of Allen's medical bills, as insurance did not cover his care.

During the 1993 and 1994 seasons, Allen guided the Terriers to their most successful back-to-back seasons in program history.

In 1993, the Terriers rolled to an 11-0 regular-season record. For the first time in nine years, they advanced to the NCAA Division 1-AA playoffs. In the opening round, they eliminated the University of Northern Iowa, 27-21, in double overtime. Then, in the quarterfinals, they rallied against the University of Idaho with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns but came up just short, 21-14, as the team finished with an overall record of 12-1.

BU won the Yankee Conference title with an 8-0 record, was voted the Lambert Cup for outstanding achievement by a Division 1-AA team in the East, and was selected the ECAC Division 1-AA Team of the Year. Allen also received accolades as he was voted the NCAA Division 1-AA National Coach of the Year as well as the Conference, Greater Boston, and New England Coach of the Year.

In 1994, the Terriers posted a 9-2 regular-season record including a 21-12 win at Army. Their only two losses were by a combined total of four points-three to James Madison, 24-21, and one to New Hampshire, 52-51, in one overtime. Once again, the Terriers advanced to the Division 1-AA playoffs where they lost in the first round to Eastern Kentucky. 30-23, to finish the season with an overall record of 9-3.

Then, after the 1995 season, Allen returned to Holy Cross as the head coach. Prior to his arrival at BU, Allen had served as an assistant coach for the Crusaders from 1986-89. During his first two years there, he was the running backs coach. In 1988, he coached the quarterbacks, while he Holy Cross' offensive coordinator in 1989.

Then, on February 8, 1990, he was named the 19th head football coach in Terrier football history.

Over the next six seasons, he guided the Terriers to an overall record of 36-33.

His best season at Holy Cross was in 2000 when the Crusaders finished with a 7-4 record and Allen was named the New England Coach of the Year. Another of his highlights was in 2002 when his team upset Army, 30-21, at Michie Stadium, as he laid claim to bringing two Division 1-AA football teams to Army and coming away with wins.

Allen is survived by his wife, Laura, and three children, Mark, Taylor, and Danielle.

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