Keith Allen was hired on June 26th, 2007 as Head Football Coach of the Bearcats.

In his fifth year, Coach Allen has already orchestrated the biggest turn around in program history.  Allen has taken a program that only won a total of 25 games the 11 years prior to his hiring and won 24 games in the last 4 seasons, becoming the all time winningest football coach in school history.   Allen's 2007 team that he inherited in late June went 0-11.  As the players began to realize Coach Allen's level of expectations, the team improved to 5-6 in 2008.  The 2009 year saw SBU posting a 6-5 record, it's first winning season since 2001.  The Bearcats then topped that in 2010 with a 7-4 record and a 6-5 record in 2011.   For the first time in school history, every member of the football team has never had a losing season at SBU!

Coach AllenHe brought a strong knowledge of the game to SBU from several NCAA Division I programs. He coaches the safeties and special teams along with being the recruiting coordinator.

Allen came here from San Jose State after being with the Spartans for three seasons. San Jose State competes in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) and has had one of the top special teams the past three years. Allen’s special teams finished in the top half in net punting, punt and kickoff returns, and field goals made in the WAC. In the 2002 season, Allen coached the NCAA Division I-A kickoff return champion in Charles Pauley. Twice, at SJSU, his kickoff return team finished in the top 12 of the nation.

Allen has coached seven players that have gone on to play professional football: James Jones, Tyson Thompson, Charles Pauley, Marcus Helfman, Jamall Broussard, Pat Dennis, and Kelly Gregg. Pauley is with the San Jose Sabercats in the Arena Football League and Helfman played for the Scottish Claymores in the NFL Europe. Both Broussard and Dennis have been in the NFL as they signed free agent contracts with the Houston Texans. Gregg is now with the Baltimore Ravens.

Allen received first coordinator position in 2000 when he moved to Quincy University in Quincy, IL. He was the defensive and special teams coordinator while also working with the defensive backs. Prior to Quincy, Allen coached at three NCAA Division I Universities. He started out at Oklahoma in 1997 with the defensive line, then moved to NE Louisiana in 1998 to work with the defensive backs. He moved to Texas Christian for the 1998 and 1999 seasons where he was the director of recruiting and assistant director of football operations. While at TCU, he went to two bowl games in the 1998 Sun Bowl and the 1999 GMAC Mobile Bowl. He received his Master of Liberal Arts degree in 2000 from TCU.

Allen broke into coaching at the University of Oklahoma. He was a student assistant coach from 1994 through 1997. In his first year, he worked with strength and conditioning and then moved up to the defensive line in his final two years at OU. After graduating with a civil engineering degree in 1997, he stayed on at OU for a year as a graduate assistant and worked with the defensive line.

Allen and his wife Melissa reside in Bolivar and have been married since June 1999. They have a six-year old son, James (J.D.) and sixteen-year old daughter, Katie.

Coaching Stops for Allen
Southwest BaptistNCAA Division II2007-2012Head Football Coach
Southwest BaptistNCAA Division II2005-2006Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator/ Special Teams / Safeties/ Recruiting Coordinator
San Jose StateNCAA Division I2002-2005Special Teams Coordinator/ Recruiting Coordinator/ Safeties
Quincy UniversityNCAA Division II2000-2002Defensive Coordinator / Special Teams Coordinator/ Recruiting Coordinator
Texas ChristianNCAA Division I1998-2000Director of Recruiting / Asst. Director of Football Operations
NE LouisianaNCAA Division I1997-1998Defensive Backs
OklahomaNCAA Division I1997Defensive Line - Graduate Asst.
OklahomaNCAA Division I1996Defensive Line - Student Asst.
OklahomaNCAA Division I1995Strength and Conditioning - Student Asst.

Players in Professional Football Coached by Allen
Charles PauleySan Jose StateSan Jose Sharks (Arena)
Marcus HelfmanSan Jose StateScottish Claymores (NFL Europe)
Jamall BroussardSan Jose StateHouston Texans (NFL)
Pat DennisNE LouisianaHouston Texans (NFL)
Kelly GreggOklahomaBaltimore Ravens (NFL)

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