One of the best wrestlers in the history of Rhode Island, Brian Allen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Johnson & Wales University wrestling program. The right-hand man to head coach Lonnie Morris, Allen is going into his 21st season as the Wildcats’ associate head coach.
An integral part of JWU’s success over the years, Allen has earned numerous awards during his coaching career. He has been named Regional Assistant Coach of the Year five times (2004, 2007, 2014, 2017 and 2019) and also received the 2017 and 2019 National Assistant Coach of the Year honor.
During Allen’s time on staff, the Wildcats have had 28 All-Americans, 50 Academic All-Americans and 34 Regional Champions. Highlighted Jay Albis' second-straight National Champion at 125 pounds, the 2019 squad earned the highest finish in program history by taking third. The 2017 team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, while the 2018 squad achieved the highest national ranking when it reached the top spot in December of 2017.
Allen is extremely passionate about wrestling and growing the sport. Through his work with graphic design and social media, he has promoted the JWU program throughout New England and nationally with great results. Thanks to Allen’s efforts, for the last two years, the Wildcats have earned the Gold Standard from the National Wrestling Coaches Association in their Best of Brand competition. The Best of Brand "Gold Standard" competition is the highest award given to the program which most effectively built their brand utilizing technology throughout the year.
During his collegiate career, Allen was a two-time All-American at Rhode Island College, earning honors in 1989 at 126 pounds and in 1991 at 134 pounds. He owns a collegiate career record of 141-33 with 45 wins by fall. After college, Allen continued to wrestle and owns a lifetime record of 376-49.
He was a four-time NECCWA champion, winning at 126 pounds in 1988, ’89 and ’90, and at 134 pounds in 1991. He has 14 individual titles to his credit. Allen was inducted into the inaugural 2002 NEWA Hall of Fame, the 2002 RIC Hall of Fame, 2004 Rhode Island Wrestling Hall of Fame and the 2004 Burrillville Hall of Fame.
Allen has over 29 years of coaching experience at a number of levels. After his college career was over, Allen went on to coach wrestling at Burrillville High School (1991-97) and was an assistant at RIC in 1997-98.
A 1991 Rhode Island College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, he is currently a physical education teacher in the Providence Public School System. Allen resides in Burrillville, Rhode Island with his wife Melissa and two daughters Haley and Riley.