Pres­sure is an old friend to All­man

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Bohls C Dar­ren All­man’s Chaps are chas­ing a state ti­tle af­ter a 13 start this sea­son.

Dar­ren

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

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