CLASS OF 2002
Dewey Allen was born and raised in Ada,
He attended Hayes Elementary School and Horace Mann High School where he
was a two-sport letterman in tennis and basketball all four years and was
twice a state tennis champion in doubles. He was an Air Force instrument flying instructor from 1942-1946. While
in the Air Force, he met Marian Nelson and married her July 4, 1943.
He attended East Central University, lettering all four years in tennis.
He was the first ECU tennis player to win the State Collegiate singles
championships and he also won the doubles championships. After
graduation, he became the ECU tennis coach in 1948-49. He then moved to
Seminole to teach and coach tennis for seventeen years. The first high school state tennis tournament began in 1958
and from 1958 to 1966 his boys won seven state team titles and were state
runner-ups six times. He produced eleven state singles champions and
ten state doubles champions. In 1966 Dewey moved
to Midwest City and started a tennis program at Midwest City High
School, winning the Mid-State Conference tennis title six times. He ran youth tennis camps every summer until retiring in 1981.
He was named the Oklahoma Coaches Association Tennis Coach of the Year in
1976 and 1979.
In 1976 he was voted Tennis Coach of the Year for District 5 by the
National High School Athletic Coaches Association. He was inducted into the East Central University
Athletic Hall of Fame
in 1985. Mr. Allen passed away in 2012.