Posted: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 1:34AM

SBU football coach Keith Allen's contract not renewed

BOLIVAR, Mo. -  Southwest Baptist University will not renew the contract of head football coach Keith Allen according to his Facebook page.  Allen is 27-39 in six seasons as the Bearcats head coach.  SBU went 3-8 last season in its first year returning to the MIAA.

"I was informed today that my contract as Head Coach at SBU will not be renewed," Allen commented on his Facebook page.  "I am disappointed with the AD's decision because of the great foundation and success we have created at SBU; but I am excited about the future the Lord has for us. I pray that I will be allowed to continue to coach!"

After taking over a winless program in June of 2007 Allen led SBU to a 5 win season in 2008 before posting its first winning record since 2001 in 2009.  The Bearcats went 7-4 and 6-5 respectively over the next two seasons while playing a non-conference D-2 schedule.

Allen's previous coaching stops include Oklahoma, NE Louisiana, Texas Christian, Quincy and San Jose State.

"I would like to thank Coach Allen for his service and laying a foundation which will give our next head coach an opportunity to take our program to the next level," SBU Director of Athletics Mike Pitts said in a statement.

Pitts will immediately form a search committee, which he will chair, which will quickly launch a nationwide search for candidates.

Filed Under :  
Topics : FootballSouthwest Baptist
People : Keith Allen
Photo Galleries

Pictures: Top 50 Volleyball Jamboree Photos

Catch the best photos from the area's volleyball jamboree

Pictures: Sparta Volleyball Jamboree

Sparta hosted Billings, Buffalo, and Forsyth on Tuesday night.

Pictures: Southwest Volleyball Jamboree

Southwest hosted Cassville, Hurley and Purdy in a volleyball jamboree on Tuesday.
O-Zone Opinion
Mohawk Chronicles: COC Small football conference preview
2014 will be a year of change in the COC-Small. Guys like Rafe Peavey, Blayne Armstrong, and Easton Flaugh are all off to start their D-1 careers. Meanwhile, names like Hancock, Gosch, and Hamon enter Year One in the conference. There will be new faces...
Read More
14 for '14: Softball pitchers and catchers to watch
In high school softball, the best players can often be found in the circle or behind the plate. Here are 14 of the area's top returning pitchers and catchers. Players are listed alphabetically. Note: This list includes only players in MSHSAA's fall...
Read More
Mohawk Chronicles: Ozark football conference preview
It's a new year, but the same story in the OC. Balance. It seems like over the last few years you could flip a coin as to who would take the top spot. Kickapoo ran through the league unblemished last year, while Hillcrest and Lebanon split the title...
Read More
Most Viewed