Pressure is an old friend to Allman
Allman understands pressure all too well. He dealt with it as a walk-on safety at Texas Tech, where he was completely overwhelmed by a bursting classroom of 500 students taught by an algebra professor whose English was barely discernible.
A year later, he came to grips with it again as one of 170 recruited players — yes, 170 — gathered in one offseason to help bring back football to Hardin-Simmons, which had dropped the sport for 27 years. He graduated in three years but left saddled with $48,000 of student-loan debt. This year, he was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.
As a husband with a family that grew to three children, he coped with pressure through four challenging coaching moves in seven years. Those included 10-month stays in Temple and Highland Park and head coaching stops at hotbeds like Brownwood and Odessa Permian. No, Allman gets it. And he’s experienced a full dose of pressure as head coach at football blueblood Westlake, although he doesn’t recognize it as much as others do. He considers himself richly blessed. That contentment sustains him, even though