Con­sis­tency is All­man’s call­ing card


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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

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