Tom Allen (American football)

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Tom Allen
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1970-03-14) March 14, 1970 (age 49)
New Castle, Indiana
Alma materMaranatha Baptist University
Indiana University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992–1994Temple Heights HS (FL)
1995–1996Armwood HS (FL) (DC)
1997Marion HS (IN) (DC)
1998–2003Ben Davis HS (IN) (DC)
2004–2006Ben Davis HS (IN)
2007Wabash (DB/ST)
2008–2009Lambuth (AHC/DC/LB)
2010Drake (DC/LB)
2011Arkansas State (AHC)
2012–2014Ole Miss (LB/ST)
2015South Florida (DC)
2016Indiana (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall10–15 (college)

Thomas Allen (born March 14, 1970) is an American college football coach serving as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers football team. Allen previously served as the defensive coordinator at Indiana and South Florida. He spent time as an assistant at Ole Miss, Arkansas State and Drake, among other programs. A native of New Castle, Indiana, Allen also spent six seasons as defensive coordinator and three seasons as the head football coach at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

Coaching career[edit]

Ole Miss[edit]

Allen spent three seasons as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Ole Miss under head coach Hugh Freeze. During his time in Oxford, the Rebels went 24–15 and consistently ranked near the top of the FBS in terms of tackles for loss and sacks. Prior to his arrival, Ole Miss had ranked last in the SEC in total defense.

South Florida[edit]

In December 2014, Allen was named defensive coordinator at South Florida under third-year head coach Willie Taggart. In his lone season in Tampa, Allen's defensive unit ranked first the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in scoring defense at just 19.6 points per conference game.


Allen was hired on January 15, 2016 to serve as defensive coordinator on head coach Kevin Wilson's staff at Indiana. In replacing previous defensive coordinator Brian Knorr, Allen took over a defense that ranked #120 in the FBS in total defense and #106 in opponent points scored. As of December 1, 2016, the Hoosiers' defense ranks #35 in the FBS in total defense (8th best in the Big Ten) and #53 in opponent points scored.

On December 1, 2016, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass named Allen head coach after Wilson's sudden resignation.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Indiana (Big Ten Conference) (2016–present)
2016 Indiana 0–1 0–0 4th (East) L Foster Farms
2017 Indiana 5–7 2–7 7th (East)
2018 Indiana 5–7 2–7 6th (East)
2019 Indiana 0–0 0–0
Indiana: 10–15 4–14
Total: 10–15


  1. ^ Doyel, Gregg; Osterman, Zach (December 1, 2016). "IU, Kevin Wilson part ways; Tom Allen named new head coach". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved December 1, 2016.

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