Morgan’s Finest-Allen Crowley: A life-long legacy

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By R. Alan Richardson

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If you can name someone who has spent more time in the Morgan County School System as a student, athlete, coach, and educator, please let us know who they are.  They certainly need to be recognized.  Coach Allen Crowley has spent 45 of his 55 years as a Bulldog when he came here in the fourth grade.  He started playing little league baseball in Rutledge when he first met Coach Tom Temple who was his All-Star coach.  He said, “I played for Tom and so many other legendary coaches in high school like Wayne Bradshaw, Jim Booker, Steve Cisson, Nathan Carter and Reggie Ross.  Anything good that happened to me was because of them.  As I’ve gotten older I’ve recognized just how good they really were as coaches and people.  Who else would you want your son coached by?  They got a lot out of a very, very average athlete.  I loved my coaches.  They were people I wanted to play for”

Don’t let this guy fool you with his humility!  He was a four-year starter in baseball at second base, shortstop, catcher, and pitcher who could run, throw, hit, and field.  They won a sub-region championship his senior year with him behind the plate.  He played four years on the basketball team under the wing of Ross and excelled at quarterback as a three-year starter on the gridiron.  Crowley’s junior and senior year the Dogs won back-to-back region championships with him at the helm.

The coach was first hired back to Morgan County Middle School as the head football coach by Bill Corry to replace Danny Gabriel.  This was ean asy task.  Gabriel had just posted 10 straight undefeated seasons.  “The first year we went 1-5 so I didn’t get off to a very good start,” he laughed.  His first principal was Alfred Murray who he said was one of the most influential people in his career.

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