Brian Allen enters his 19th season as an assistant football coach at Washington University in St. Louis. After spending five seasons as defensive coordinator, Allen took over the reins of the offensive line in 2012.
In 2018, WashU posted an 8-2 overall record in the program's first season as an associate member in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) in 2018. The Bears finished in third place in the CCIW with a 7-2 mark. WashU upset then No. 12-ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) 17-10 on Oct. 13 for its first victory over a ranked opponent since 2010.
WashU averaged 33.0 points and 409.6 yards per contest. The Bears ranked first in the CCIW in turnover margin (+8) and third in pass offense (322.8 ypg), and WashU set the CCIW single-season record for passing completions in a season (273). In addition, junior quarterback Johnny Davidson set the CCIW Individual single-season record for pass completions (255).
Allen and the Bears’ offensive line led the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) in sacks allowed in 2015 and 2016. The Bears were 14th (nine sacks) in NCAA Division III in 2015 and 17th (11 sacks) in 2016.
In 18 seasons working under Kindbom, Allen has been a part of eight University Athletic Association (UAA) championships and the 2016 SAA title. In addition, the Bears qualified for the NCAA Playoffs in 2013 and 2016.
While serving as defense coordinator, Allen orchestrated a defense that ranked in the top-100 in Division III in total defense and scoring defense in four of the five years from 2007-11. In 2010, the Bears’ defense led the UAA and was 15th in DIII in scoring defense (13.90) and 57th in total defense (302.60).
Allen had no problem fitting in with the coaching staff at Washington University, having played his first three years of college ball for current Bears’ head coach Larry Kindbom at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Following his playing career, Allen returned to Kenyon and spent nine seasons as an assistant coach before coming to Washington University. Allen tutored the linebackers and also served as defensive coordinator. Prior to that, he spent one season as an assistant at Jonathan Alder High School in Plain City, Ohio.
As a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Kenyon, Allen twice earned all-NCAC honors. He surrendered just one sack in 30 career starts and helped lead Kenyon to its first and only conference championship as a senior in 1989. After graduating from Kenyon in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in history, Allen earned his master of arts & teaching degree from Tufts University in 1991.
He and his wife, Kimberly, have two children, Eveline (10) and Wilson (9).
Updated June 1, 2019