Mike Allen is getting a second chance to be a boys' basketball head coach in Fayette County.
Allen was fired as Bryan Station's coach in 2014, and spent last season as an assistant at Tates Creek under Wayne Breeden. When Breeden retired as Commodores coach at the end of the season, he recommended Allen to be his replacement.
Allen got the job.
"I thought if I stayed the course by doing the right thing, doing right by people and working hard, I felt the good Lord would bless me with a second chance," Allen said.
Allen was an all-state player at Bryan Station in the late 1980s, and set a city scoring record with 2,408 points in his career. He coached Bryan Station's girls for two seasons, and Frankfort's boys for two years before becoming Bryan Station's boys' coach in 2010.
He was suspended for undisclosed reasons the last few weeks of the 2014 season, and wasn't rehired. He had a four-year record of 57-59.
"Things didn't end the way I wanted at Bryan Station, but there are no hard feelings," Allen said. "Once a Defender, always a Defender.
"I'm very excited and very humbled about the opportunity at Tates Creek, and to be part of the tradition that Nolan Barger and other coaches built."
Allen said spending this past season as an assistant at Tates Creek was beneficial.
"I didn't look at it as going backward. I looked at it as getting a better education. I learned a lot from Wayne. I learned how to be a better coach."
Tates Creek Principal Sam Meaux said after a committee interviewed candidates for the coaching position, it came down to two finalists, and Allen won Meaux over.
"I was very impressed by what he had to say," Meaux said. "We talked about his expectations and my expectations on growing the program. And his familiarity with the program also helped."
Allen, 44, is coordinator of the Youth Services Center at Bryan Station Middle School.