WINCHESTER, VA—North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame member Stuart Allen died in late November.
Allen had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and died at the age of 89.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, who graduated from Emory and Henry College, Allen coached at Myers Park from 1956 through ’71 and rolled up an incredible 11 NCHSAA state track championships in that 16-year span. He had 38 individuals and 16 relay teams win state championships in their events during that stretch. In addition to track, Allen guided four Myers Park teams to cross-country state crowns.
He also coached wrestling and assisted in football during his stint at the Charlotte school. Allen was the founder of a major event, the Queen City Relays, which is still held today.
After leaving Charlotte, he coached for 20 years at John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia, and had an impressive record there. He is a member of the Handley High School Hall of Fame, the Emory and Henry Sports Hall of Fame, and there is a monument dedicated to his track teams at the Myers Park stadium.
He is also a member of the Emory and Henry College Sports Hall of Fame and the John Handley High School Sports Hall of Fame.