Michael W. Allen, a native of Terre Haute, Indiana, has been named the Director of Athletics for the The Apprentice School. Allen comes to The Apprentice School having recently served for 15 years as the Athletic Director and 12 years as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Norfolk Christian High School.
Over his tenure as Athletic Director, Norfolk Christian captured 35 Tidewater Conference Championships and seven VISAA State Championships. Allen was instrumental in overseeing the addition of Football and Boys Lacrosse to the Norfolk Christian athletic department. He has also served as the President of the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools and Eastern Region representitive on the VIAAA State AD's Board of Directors.
As the Head Boys Basketball coach, Allen guided Norfolk Christian to three 20-win seasons, three TCIS Regular Season Titles and four TCIS Tournament Championships. He was twice named the VISAA Division 2 Coach of the Year, was selected as the TCIS Coach of the Year, and Norfolk Sports Club Bob Bates Scholastic Coach of the Year. The program captured back-to-back VISAA Division 2 State Titles in 2010 and 2011. Allen ended his tenure ranked second on the Norfolk Christian all-time win list.
Allen is a graduate of Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC, where he was a two-year co-captain for former coach and hall of famer Bob Burke. While at Chowan, he held two school records for three-point percentage in a season (46.3%) and three-pointers made in a game (6).
Upon graduation, Allen spent six years coaching men's basketball at the college level, with stops as an assistant coach at Chowan University, Indiana State University, Lincoln Trail College (IL), and Maryville College (TN).
"I am extremely excited about this opportunity of joining The Apprentice School team and being tasked with leading and guiding our athletic department into a new chapter. I especially want to thank Everett Jordan, Director of The Apprentice School, and former AD, Keisha Pexton, for entrusting me with this wonderful opportunity both personally and professionally. I am truly humbled and honored to have the chance of getting back to the collegiate level of athletic administration. I consider it a privilege to lead our team of coaches and student-athletes in a first class organization such Newport News Shipbuilding and The Apprentice School."