Consistency is Allman’s calling card
some disenchanted Chaparrals fans have grown tired of living in the shadows of a Lake Travis program fiushed with the success of flve consecutive Class 4A state championships as well as four consecutive victories over Westlake.
He hears none of the dissatisfaction about the job he’s done in four seasons, the scary 1-3 start to this season, the lack of big-time offensive playmakers or the fact he’s not Ron Schroeder or Todd Dodge.
OK, maybe Allman hears snippets of the discontent, but he perseveres. His wife hears a little more. Like the game where some Westlake fans openly expressed their anger within her hearing range and were caught off guard when Susan turned around and took their picture. Why? “So she’d know who came around and patted our backs later,” Allman said with bemusement.
He understands the outsized expectations at Westlake, even though the school that turned out Drew Brees, Nick Foles and Ryan Swope appears to have fewer players at that level these days, and the Chaps now must navigate through a more treacherous Region II in the playoffs.
But Allman has more than been accountable, and those who don’t see consistency of four playoff appearances in four years — including an excruciating overtime loss in the state championship game in 2009, his flrst year, and an ongoing run to the quarterflnals this season — might be a little too overzealous. Westlake’s lucky to have him.
None of his burdens deflne the personable, 43-year-old coach with the red-tinged, burr haircut who has a love of deer hunting and flshing for saltwater trout. Allman’s without pretense or polish. He comes off as an extremely confldent and caring coach who understands how the parents of 53 seniors in his second year all wanted to know why their kids weren’t playing. As the father of a seventh-grade wide receiver and two younger daughters, Allman gets it.
Allman was the flrst outsider to take over as Westlake’s coach, never an easy task. Former Longhorn tight end Steve Hall, whose son Hudson is a starting linebacker for the Chaps, describes Allman as “an old-school guy.”
“Some people are still yapping,” Hall added, “but they’re in the vocal minority. I love him.” So do his players. “I love the guy,” center Bobby Dwyer said. “He’s real quiet and doesn’t say a whole lot. The pressure? He wouldn’t show it. He’s too stubborn for that.”
Allman’s taken an undersized team with an overachieving defense and combined it with a conservative